We’re teaming up y’all, gettin crazy! kara and I decided to buck the old blogging rules and tag team this post. Grab a glass- this is a long and entertaining one! -holly
Wrath Tasting Room ~ Honestly speaking, it’s such a bummer when you taste through an entire menu and just adore everything on it- its bad for the budget. First world problems, I get it. So that’s of course what happened when the 4 of us ladies bellied up to the bar at Wrath. People, it is happening in Soledad- wine that is. Wrath’s vineyards are largely found in and around Soledad, with a tasting room in Carmel. I urged my traveling partners to take a detour through beautiful Carmel for specifically this small production gem. I rate Wrath’s Sauvignon Blanc among my top 3; a group that includes Alta Maria’s 2010, and Mike Sinor’s Valor label. Wrath is grassy but crisp, lime on the palate with a pop of pepperoncinis. I love this one with Pad Thai, or a porch. Included in the family is a 2009 Syrah from the Fairview Vineyard, and can only be described best as a dirty cowboy. It’s earthy, leathery, peppery, and tobacco-y with a fullness and a gorgeous color that only be described as deep garnet.
Finally, the Moscato. No, not your Grandmother’s Moscato. This one is delicate, lightly sweet with citrus and vanilla. Unlike overly sweet moscatos of yore, this one is just a touch dry; It’s absolutely gorgeous. Get to know this beautiful boutique winery, and say it with me proud- “It’s Happening in Soledad!”. -holly
Galante Vineyards Tasting Room ~ Carmel- Ok favoritism out there, we totally stopped in because a good friend manages the Tasting Room. And then that’s where the special favors end- this place rocks. Galante is a boutique winery (grab a pattern with me? ) nestled in Carmel Valley, and consistently grabs 90+ scores from Old Mr. Parker. While their wines range from a Sauvignon Blanc to a big bold Syrah, their specialty is Cab- and that they do. I bust out into squeels when gift boxes of the Estate Cabernet Sauvignon arrives at Christmas time here- their Cab is truly something special. Big and elegant, soft and slightly tannic- this Cab evokes dark fruits, chocolate, and earth. A pleasure to sip and perfect with Braised Short Ribs, this wine tops my list of Central Coast Cabernets- a list that is short inded.
They also specialize in making you feel like a cowboy- if only for your visit. Pop a squat in the big boot seat, peruse their historic shots of real life cowboys, and then marvel at the leather wine labels on the reserve bottles. – holly