Friday, March 21, 2014

Another Day In Bakersfield-February 2014 #LorenzaRose #SomerstonWineCo

4140 Truxtun Avenue, Bakersfield, CA

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So my oldest daughter took me to Imbibe again this past February. We had worked so hard packing up her house in baskets, bins, (no actual packing boxes were to be found) and throwing stuff in the back of her SUV. The nice change of scenery was well anticipated and gave her and I a chance to try some new wines.

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If you haven't been to a place like this, it's pretty cool. You walk in, tell the staff at the counter how much you want on their special "credit card", then pay and start tasting. The wines are in glass cases. You put your card in the slot at the top of the case, choose the wine you would like to try, push the button above it, then it gives you 1 oz. of that wine. Most are $2.50 and some are $4.50 depending on the type of wine it is. At Imbibe, you can order meat and cheese trays, mixed or separate, and other small entrees such as flatbreads, salads, sandwiches, and more!

So here's what we tried that night. We didn't use all the money on our card and went back another afternoon to finish (after moving day was over!)

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This is a 2012 Lorenza Rose' from Napa Valley, California- It's a dry, true Rose' from old vines made of 27% Cinsault, 25% Mourvedre, 28% Grenache, and 20% Carignan. Apparently this wine is only served in stylish restaurants in select cities of only nine states. Luckily I was in the right state! CALIFORNIA!!!!
It was amazing. Check out their blog! So cool!
My pic!

This is a great 2013 Sauvignon Blanc ($8-10) by Oxford Landing Estates bottles in South Australia. This wine is full of character with an intense tropical fruit punch. Lots of green herbal smells and tastes!

This is a 2012 Theresa ($38) from Denner Vineyards in Paso Robles. I didn't really care for it. Possibly because I don't care for butterscotch and caramel too much! Rarely do I find a wine I wouldn't buy again! I would love to try their Rose' and Viognier sometime when I'm out there again though! 

The next wine was a 2009 Chardonnay Highflyer Sierra Madre Vineyard ($28) from Somerston Wines. White fruits, baked apples, tangerine, stone fruits, and citrus on the palate. This is a very good Chardonnay that I would definitely buy again. The tasting room is located in Yountville, CA or you can visit their estate and winery on Sage Canyon Road in St. Helena, CA.

La Merika
I tasted this 2012 La Merika Pinot Noir from California's Central Coast. Aromas of clove, vanilla, and red berries that are balanced with cherries and jam make it a fine Pinot.

This is a 2011 Big Vine Zinfandel ($20) from the Dry Creek Valley. Big Vine Wines is a Napa-based cooperative. The Dry Creek Valley is their "Zinfandel Central" just outside of Healdsburg. It's a nice Zinfandel.

A 2012 Canyon Road Cabernet Sauvignon is a medium-bodied wine with rich and flavorful hints of raspberry with a velvety finish. Nice!

My last tasting for that day at Imbibe was a 2010 Wes Mar Pinot Noir ($37) from the Russian River Valley. Flavors of black cherries, plums, cola, and black tea-nicely balanced for a good Pinot. 

Enjoy Imbibe when you're in Bakersfield, CA!