Showing posts with label cottonwood canyon. Show all posts
Showing posts with label cottonwood canyon. Show all posts

Friday, August 1, 2008

Cottonwood Canyon 2000 Synergy Classic

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Last night, Bob Woodshed of the [BW] Beer Blog and I were putting the final touches on a project that we had been working on, and the completion called for celebration. To the wine rack I went, were our choice was whittled down to three different options -- a Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon from Kiona, a Dolcetto from Erath, and the 2000 Synergy Classic from Cottonwood Canyon. The Synergy hit the spot, so open it became.


If you recall from a post from some time ago, Cottonwood Canyon Winery is in the Santa Maria Valley AVA (California), and my aunt works there part time so I visited the winery in March of 2007 when I was down in the area. They focus on Chardonnay and Pinot, but put out some bigger red bordeaux varietals as well. The Synergy is a bordeaux blend -- 60% Cabernet Sauvignon and 40% Merlot. Interestingly, by taste I would have sworn there was some Syrah in there but of course then it wouldn't be a true bordeaux blend due to the Rhone origin of the Syrah.


According to the winery, the wine had a deep, warm blackberry color, and opened with a nose of pomegranate and smoke. I detected some leather in there as well. Flavors of rich, dark cherries come through in the mid-palate. Soft, smoky tannins and flavors of blackberry, blending into chocolate cherry repeatingly throughout, create the lingering, complex finish. It was very pleasant and very enjoyable for both of us -- thankfully, since Bob mentioned that he wasn't interested in Merlot that evening (and I didn't even think about it until we were well into the wine). Definitely a winner. I'm looking forward to opening the bottle of 1996 Synergy that's on the rack waiting for another special occasion.


We rounded out the evening with a Barnard Griffin 2005 Syrah (tulip label), always a standby winner and a great value wine.
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Sunday, August 5, 2007

Cottonwood Canyon 2000 Estate Chardonnay

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With dinner this evening I'm enjoying a glass of 2000 Estate Chardonnay from Cottonwood Canyon winery. Cottonwood is in the Santa Maria Valley in California (yea yea, not Oregon) on the foxen canyon wine trail -- think Sideways as Santa Barbara County and many of Cottonwood's neighbors is where it was filmed. I visited this winery back in March with my aunt, who works there part-time when she isn't doing space rocket stuff for Boeing at Vandenburg...pretty much for the discounts.

The immediate thing you notice about this chard is the color--it is much more golden than most Chardonnay's. It almost has the look of apple juice. There are strong buttery notes on the nose with a hint of lime and some oak. The taste is green-applesque, which could make sense given the apple juice color. The buttery nature of this wine lingers through the finish.

It's a rich wine that paired well with the pork loin roast and potatoes for dinner tonight. While I'm of course an Oregon wine advocate, this is a good drinkable California wine. I think it retailed around $20, although I don't suspect they distribute much out of the county.
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