2012 Groundwork Viognier (Santa Barbara County)
$26 (retail) Wine Club pricing reflected in receipt
We’ve featured the wines of Curt Schalchlin several times in recent years. A prolific winemaker, Curt has two brands and a confusing—to me, at least—line-up of individual wines with helter-skelter names and label designs. I suppose that’s because it appears to me that this young man is as much aspiring artist and romantic as he is a winemaker.
Using fruit sourced from Santa Barbara, Central Coast and Paso Robles, Curt has, at least, zeroed in on the region from whence his wines are born. He’s a talented crafter of affordable, approachable, drink-right-now juice, so expect to see more from him in the future.
Winery Tasting Notes: “When the wind picks up and the storm clouds roll in and the sky turns orange, even though it is only 1:30 on an August afternoon, do not be surprised to find the scents of cinnamon bough, magnolia, lilac and orange blossom carried on the gale. There will come a time before the clouds break where the thickened air will collapse around you and you’ll find bees, broken terra cotta, sloughed off pear skin, and a subtle waft of white pepper. And that’s when it is time to leave the beach.” (Lyrical to be sure, but great tasting notes, probably not. . .gary)
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