Thursday, April 23, 2009


For our last stop we drove to Los Olivos, where Longoria was hosting a special tasting in the garden. Here's Rick "behind bars":

Rick was pouring his 2008 Pinot Grigio. We tasted several Pinot Grigios throughout the day, and they were all good, but I thought Rick's was the best. Nice, crisp flavor of peaches and pears, and just a slightly flowery aroma. Next was the 2007 Sta Rita Hills Chardonnay, spicy with just a hint of butter from the malolactic fermentation. Then came the 2007 Sta Rita Hills Pinot Noir, with flavors of red fruit and spice. Finally, Rick poured four Syrahs: 2005 and 2006 from both Clover Creek and Alisos Canyon, paired with chocolate. That seemed like enough tasting for one very hot day, and we came home.

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