In a new tasting format - live Twitter - we tasted through these wines and found them to be pretty darn good. In fact, surprisingly good - especially at the lower prices, which is consistent with what we found on the Wente Chardonnays. Keep an eye out for the Tamás Estates wines at the grocery store. Even though the labels are cheap-looking, there's a lot of drinking pleasure at around $10 with these wines. Also be on the lookout for The Spur.
Textbook Pinot Grigio with a dash of Viognier for a squirt of fruit which makes it more approachable. Fuller bodied and rounder than the oceans of insipid PG out there, thankfully. Good call on adding in the Viognier and Gewertztraminer. Easy wine to toss back after an afternoon of yard work.
2010 Tamás Estates Sangionvese Rosato $19
Very light pink with a dry, sharp nose. Easy texture and full-on watermelon fruit. So pink you can picture ice cubes and a straw in it. Pricey for what it is.
2008 Murrieta's Well The Spur (Red blend) $22
Full bodied and strong, with a deliberately crafted structure. A serious wine with density, balance, and integration. Big, but balanced in a package that surprises. Long, long finish. This wine could go some distance in the cellar. Qualit justifies the price with aplomb. Love finding this kind of quality outside Napa/Sonoma.
2008 Murrieta's Well Anniversary Blend (Cabernet/Tempranillo) $50
Fifty bones is a lot to spend on a bottle. Period. Pile on that most people have never of where this is from and that it's an oddball blend and, well, it's a hard sell. As far as the good go, this is indeed a very refined wine - big, tannic, and denseley packed, even afer 2 days open. Tempranillo adds character. A lovely wine, but falls short of justifying its price tag.