2012 Cambiata Monterey Tannat (Previously $25)

SKU #1293647

It's a little known fact, but there just happens to be a small Tannat vineyard in the rocky and well drained soils of the Santa Lucia Mountains. The challenge with Tannat is balancing the wine's fruit and its aggressive tannins, and this ruggedly perfect, relatively cool zone helps to achieve just that. It is bold yet refined, thought provoking and rousing. The tannins immediately fill your mouth (and for the uninitiated this might cause a moment of concern), but they are knitted and structured and form the matrix that begins to fill with a thick, surging wave of viscous blackberry and licorice fruit. Break out the beef!

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United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Monterey/Carmel Valley

- These heavily planted regions on either side of the vast Salinas Valley account for much of the mass-produced, commercial wine sold in supermarkets nationwide. In the hills, however, and in sub-AVAs like Chalone and Santa Lucia Highlands, quality is much higher. Pinot noir and chardonnay look to be particularly promising.