Coastview Vineyards had a directive to create a wine label that spoke to adventure and the idea of hidden treasure, in a Jules Verne style of thinking. Each label references a journey or traveler and speaks to the uniqueness not only of the wine but the vineyard where it was grown. The winemaking practices are a combination of classic Bordelaise and Burgundian techniques combined with all the advances in modern enology for consistently high quality and vineyard expression. The grapes all come from an area near Chualar, California. Coastview Vineyard is located in the Gabilan Mountains on the east side of the Salinas Valley, on an exposed ridge top between 2200 and 2400 feet of elevation. Just under 30 acres of this convoluted 2600 acre property are under vine with plantings of Syrah, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cinq Cepage of Bordeaux varietals.
We stopped by their new tasting room in at 19 Carmel Valley Road #H, in Carmel Valley Village where they were pouring several of their current releases including the lovely 2013 Rosé of Syrah. Here are my notes, you are in for a delicious journey! Read on…
The 2013 Rosé from Coastview Vineyard is a gorgeous garnet color and has a distinctly floral nose, reminiscent of white peaches and delicate flowers. On the palate there are immediate wild strawberries, red currents and raspberry flavors that merge in a well balanced finish with good acidity.
I loved the 2009 Chardonnay also from Coastview, was luscious and not over oaked or heavy on the toast. On the nose it has aromas of warm roasted peaches, nectarines and other stone fruits.That transfers into these flavors on the palate along with crispness and additional mineral support offering a real taste treat. It is also extremely well balanced and leaves a fantastic lasting finish. Delicious.
The 2011 Chardonnay is very different for the ’09 in that it has more of tropical fruits such as guava and papaya and warm buttered bread. The palate flavors come together in a rich pear tart melange, with additional butterscotch and spice. Well balanced and good acidity.
2011 Pinot Noir is a deep garnet color with strawberries and cream, very fragrant. On the palate there is a lovely blend of cherry cola, spices and good tannic structure resulting in a balanced wine.
2009 Red Blend is also an exceptionally successful wine. In the glass this classic Bordeaux blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Abernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Malbec is a deep dark red. The nose expressed the aromas of herbal, cedar, mineral and spices with the flavors of ripe dark fruits, including plums exploding on the palate. A very sexy wine. IMO.
2008 Syrah, Bold on the nose with dark berries, black and blue nice acidity and cinnamon spice notes. Medium bodied and luxurious on the palate with a chocolate finish, it has aged really well and would go perfectly with BBQ.