Sunday, February 28, 2016

Tercero Grenache Blanc, Grenache and Cuvee Loco on #Winestudio Santa Barbara Wine Education

*Samples Received*

Another awesome education experience tasting and talking wine with the gang on #winestudio with special guest Larry Schaffer of Tercero Wines. "We strive to make unique wines that speak of a sense of place and varietal purity." I found his simplistic approach,  passion for his wines and the Santa Barbara winemaking community which he is proud to be part of informative and cool. Down to earth and making some very fine "Artistic Rhone Wines". I did get a kick out of the grief he was receiving for the screw cap closures. More importantly my introduction to his wines and gaining a better sense the Santa Barbara wine community makes me want to visit these winemakers even more. Nothing better than "discovering" small producers who create handcrafted gems.

Up first the 2013 Grenache Blanc Santa Ynez Valley. My favorite white wine of the night Larry lol. Wonderful aromas of pineapple, white peach and nectarine, lemon citrus, melon and toasted spice. The complex aromatics were pleasing. The mouth was lively with white peach, lemon, apricot, melon and a spice/mineral finish. The melon was really dominant the longer the wine was allowed to open in the glass. Nice acidity, complex and really refreshing. Love it!

Wine 2 the 2011 Grenache Larner Vineyard. I believe my comment was that Grenache is fast becoming a favorite of mine This wine will not disappoint your senses or your palate. Bright aromas of cherry, cranberry,  raspberry with wild floral notes, herbs and cinnamon spice. The mouth was oh so good with rich red fruit of cherry, tart cranberry and strawberry with a long lingering finish. I couldn't stop sipping this wine. If I must pick a favorite tonight this was it. Damn you Larry stop making me decide!

The final wine the 2010 Cuvee Loco Larner Vineyard. A blend of 50% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and 25% Mourvedre. The bold one of the evening this is a special tasting blend. Big fruit aromas of raspberry, blackberry and dark cherry with hints of white pepper and earthy tones. The mouth is luscious with blackberry, raspberry, hints of plum and ripe cherry along with a nice warm spice finish. Medium tannins that really soften as the wine opens over time in the glass. Maybe this was my favorite Larry?

See the Tercero Wines portfolio by clicking the store link Tercero Wine Store and purchasing these wonderful wines to share with family and friends. Larry thank you for introducing me to your tasty juice and allowing us to learn more about you and your label. Tina thank you for the #winestudio education series and so glad I have the opportunity to learn and taste wines from across all ava's.Santa Barbara is now on my radar!


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