GRAPE: Blend REGION: San Diego County COUNTRY: USA AVE PRICE: N/A
Unlabeled bottles of wine are quite attractive, feel a bit dangerous, and taste better. That isn’t scientific, it’s just the way I feel. This bottle was the home vineyard project from the makers of Los Pilares @michaellospilares & @villamarta77 The grapes in this pretty juice were Grenache, Mourvèdre, Counoise, & Syrah. I had forgotten about this bottle. It had been sitting in a cool dark closet and it help up quite nicely. The juice was under a crown cap that wasn’t really on the bottle properly. But for whatever reasons held up wonderfully. Michael & Koleman have embarked on a great project planting a high elevation vineyard in the San Diego mountains. I’m excited about it and hope I’m around in the future to enjoy the fruits of their labor. Thank you both for sharing this lovely bottle of juice.
WEB: Los Pilares
Fun night in San Diego last night hanging with Michael Christian, Los Pilares winemaker extraordinaire at The Rose Wine Bar in South Park. It was also a pleasure to finally meet my instagram friend Katie Fawkes. Katie pulled out a bottle I thought I’d like and she was right. She’s obviously been tracking my drinking habits and knows me quite well. The 2014 Lovamor was a fresh delight. The grape: Albillo. The winemaker: Alfredo Maestro.
San Diego you’re growing on me.
GRAPE: Muscat APP: San Diego County COUNTRY: USA PRICE: $26
7 bottles minus 4 bottles equals 3?! I’m way too generous with my favorite juice 2014 Los Pilares LaDona’s Sparkling Muscat. This wine has gone from a full on fun slamming orgy party wine and now after sometime on its lees is now transformed into a library in a strip club. Brains, beauty, an orgasm on your tongue kind of experience. I’m declaring war on the remaining 2014 inventory. Fingers crossed the 2015 is even better after time in the bottle. My 3 remaining bottles will be used for a nude tasting I’m arranging, message me for details.
WEB: Los Pilares Wine
GRAPE: Muscat APP: San Diego County COUNTRY: USA PRICE: $25
Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Sparkling Muscat from San Diego County! If this bottle was a book it would be a page turner. Once open, it’s hard to put down this bottle. I had the good fortune of meeting and speaking to @michaellospilares of Los Pilares about all things wine in San Diego County and his passion is backed up by the evidence in the bottle. I remember the moment @amyatwoodwine poured me a taste, once the glass was close to my nose it was over, and once it my mouth I felt a cool chill and goosebumps, at that moment I knew this would be one of my favorites this year. Fun and thoughtful, foot stomped whole clusters, bottle conditioned, slightly bubbly, not disgorged, so much flavor, so much heart, a wine made without fear. It’s strikes a chord of perfect harmony & dissonance.
Update: I opened another bottle of the 2014 LaDona’s on 6/5/2016, and I assure you it is alive and kicking hard. It’s better than ever and I only hope there are a few bottles left.