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The Central Coast is a vast wine grape growing area with a multitude of differentiated soils and weather patterns. It spans from Santa Barbara County in the south to the San Francisco Bay Area in the north, and includes portions of six counties. Each appellation within the area produces grapes unique to specific varietals, which in turn translates to the opportunity to make really good wine. Assuming the wine production is in the hands of a capable wine maker, some terrific stuff issues from the area. It wasn’t always that way. The planting of varietals wrong to an area was wide spread and the resulting wines were fiendishly bad. The worst had to be Cabernet that tasted like bell peppers. Some growers were fortunate, such as in the evolving Zin scene in Paso Robles. The discovery of Pinot Noir excellence in the right locales was pure serendipity. I cannot imagine a grape varietal that is not grown currently in the Central Coast and well grown at that. Let’s check it out:
2009 EDNA VALLEY VINEYARD SAUVIGNON BLANC, “PARAGON”, EDNA VALLEY
List price 13.50; our price 11.99
This wine is appealing for its ripe, juicy pear, nectarine and tangerine flavors, with excellent balancing acidity, all pulled together on a crisp, clean frame. It is delightfully crisp with notes of citrus and grapefruit. This wine is perfect for most occasions and is especially refreshing to sip with oysters on the half shell.
2010 WILLIAM HILL CHARDONNAY, CENTRAL COAST
List price 12.00; our price 9.99
Of the 100,000 acres planted to wine grapes in the Central Coast, Chardonnay accounts for more than half of the total. This fresh and bright apple-like Chardonnay is wonderfully refreshing and is suited for use with lighter foods such as shellfish and sole, chicken and pork.
2009 PARAISO PINOT NOIR, SANTA LUCIA HIGHLANDS
List price 22.00; our price 19.99
This is a well-priced Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir, with lots of bright red raspberry, cherry and strawberry fruit, accented by cinnamon spice and refreshing acidity. According to Wine Spectator Magazine: “Appealing for its easy-drinking allure, with ripe plum, raspberry, wild berry and spice flavors. Medium- to full-bodied, showing off a racy earthiness on the finish, which gives this a nice touch. Drink now through 2016.”
2006 KENNETH VOLK TEMPRANILLO, JOHN SMITH VINEYARD, SAN BENITO
List price 24.00; our price 19.99
Tempranillo is the principal grape variety of Spain’s quintessential red wine, Rioja. The fruit from this bottling came from the John Smith Vineyard near the town of Hollister in San Benito County. Traditional wine-making techniques of open top fermentation and aging in French oak helped to craft this delicious wine.
2007 FOUR VINES ZINFANDEL, OLD VINE CUVÉE, PASO ROBLES
List price 12.00; our price 9.99
The winery enjoys a great wealth of Zinfandel that has the ability to put together a fantastic multi-appellation Zin Blend. On the nose the wine has layers of berry fruit and anise aromas with hints of spice. On the palate, blackberry and spicy plum fruit with a rich mouth feel trail to a velvety toasted oak finish.
2007 SMITH & HOOK CABERNET SAUVIGNON, SOLEDAD
List price 22.00; our price 18.99
Smith and Hook Winery released its first vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon to high acclaim in 1980. Notes of black cherry, cassis and raspberry are followed by nuances of pepper and cocoa. This wine is lush and textured, with gripping tannins, well-developed acidity and a lingering finish.