Since our first trip to Carmel and the wine country there, we have enjoyed our memories and our wines. One of the best decisions we made was to join the Monterey Wine Club, which I have mentioned before. Every three months, we look forward to receiving our shipment of three wines, and we never know what to expect. Each shipment comes with a flyer with a discussion of the three wines that they ship and usually a great recipe that will pair very well with one of the wines enclosed.
The first wine in this shipment was from Galante Vineyards in Carmel Valley. The wine is a new varietal from this winery as we have received other wines from them in the past and from different vineyard designations. The wine is 2009 Ace High Malbec. While the Malbec varietal is originally from France, it has become famous for its rich wines produced in Argentina, and since 1995 the plantings of this grape in California have increased 800%.
The next wine is the 2008 Friars’ Reserve Chardonnay from Mission Trail Vineyards of the Santa Lucia Highlands. This particular bottle is made from fruit grown on Paraiso Vineyard’s mountainous property. According to the winery they used the “champagne” method of pressing the grapes to lessen the potential bitterness and aged in mixed types of French oak barrels (new and used) for a creamy blend.
The third wine is also from the Santa Lucia Highlands and is from Tudor Winery. This is a 2007 Tondre Reserve Pinot Noir. This is a low yield production process also using French barrels and small fermentations to rival the productions methods found in the Burgundy region of France. This is the first Pinot Noir that we have received from Tudor with a specific grapefield designation and we are looking forward to trying it, after we have allowed it to settle in our cellar for some more aging.