Friday, October 29, 2010

SUNSET WINE AWARDS 2010


Sunset November 2010

Sunset Magazine's November 2010 issue contains their wine awards for the year.  The magazine that's all about "Living In The West" liked a lot of Napa Valley and Sonoma County wines, a good selection from Washington state, a few from Oregon and some wines from the California Central Coast.  Congratulations to the Central Coast and Santa Barbara County wines Sunset likes, and here's what they had to say about them.

Under "Steals, $15 & Under" Sunset cites:

Cycles Gladiator 2008 Syrah (Central Coast, $10) - "Blueberries anchor the fruit character, while herbs, black olives, tobacco and espresso add interest underneath."

SeaGlass 2009 Sauvignon Blanc (Santa Barbara County, $10) - "A brininess worthy of the name underpins crisp citrus, peach, pear, quince, limestone, and gentle florals."


Under "Good Values, $15 to $30" Sunset chose:

Jorian Hill 2008 Viognier (Santa Ynez Valley, $30) - "A lively, textural Rhône white, full of honeyed apricot, quince and lemon on a long, clean finish."

Tantara 2008 T. Solomon Wellborn Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara County, $20) - "A tangy root-beer edge turns flashy red fruit - strawberry, rhubarb - into a crowd pleaser."


Under "Special Occasions, $30 to $50" Sunset selected:

Samsara 2007 Melville Vineyard Syrah (Sta Rita Hills, $40) - Juicy and long - black fruit seasoned with pepper and structure that's almost Rhône-like."

Tensley 2007 Colson Canyon Grenache (Santa Barbara County, $32) - "Hibiscus-scented cherry flavors have an intriguing underside of herbs and spices, black tea and earth."


Under "Deep Pockets, Over $50" Sunset picked:

Justin 2007 Isosceles (Paso Robles, $62) - "A powerful, age-worthy Bordeaux blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot) with dark fruit, cedar, tobacco, espresso and a sprinkling of black pepper."