The first wine in Saucelito Canyon’s line up makes a big impact. You see it is a chilled white wine so you’re thinking it will be light, crisp, and refreshing. While it does get its citrus flavors and crisp acidity from Sauvignon Blanc, you initially taste the rounder flavors from Semillon with minerality, herbs, and even a hint of pepper. Your mind races at all the foods you could try with this complex combo. The blend of the two makes it a delightful poolside blonde or picnic pairing. The next white stirs your palate even more with creamy richness and a luscious playful charm you know could stand up to rich foods. The Cote de Blanc is a great choice for velvety pasta, creamy butternut squash soup, or hearty chicken or turkey.
But they are really known for their zin, a welcome beacon in a land of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Their first is a cool blend that gets its red fruit of strawberries from Grenache, blue fruit from Petite Sirah, and body and structure from Zinfandel. Don’t know who brings the cocoa and licorice on the finish but maybe that’s part of the combo. The three play in your mouth at different corners and form a curvaceous body. Curvy bottle for a curvy blend.
Their next zin came from 130 year old vines that were dry farmed and hand picked. Words really can’t describe what this does to a wine so you’ll have to go taste for yourself. But old vines produce grapes that are more complex and the coastal influence makes Zinfandels more robust than jammy. This wine is a great representation of both.
I was told they’ll be releasing a Tempranillo in a week.