Livermore (or less)

This past weekend, I met up with some friends in the wine country of Livermore, California.

There are tons of wineries in the Livermore Valley, and we hit up a bunch of them.  Most places we stopped were really good, but one place took the cake…

Wente Vineyards!

Here’s how it all went down at their Estate Tasting Room:

Wente 2010 Small Lot Pinot Blanc and a tasting menu...

Wente 2010 Small Lot Pinot Blanc ($25):

This Pinot Blanc has a rich and creamy mouthfeel, with tons of kiwi fruit and honeysuckle.  Not a bad way to start the day.  87 points.

Wente 2009 Small Lot Mourvedre ($35):

This wine has a keen nose of beef jerky and mint.  On the palate, it is light in body.  There is a BIG DEEP FLAVOR of red fruit and smokey meat.  This is really good.  89+ points.

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Wente 2009 The Nth Degree Syrah

Wente 2009 The Nth Degree Syrah ($45):

This wine has a super concentrated nose, layered with blueberries, jerky smoke, and candy.  On the palate, there are some awesome chalky tannins that remind me of crushed sweet tarts.  There’s lots of red and black cherry, backed up with leather and tobacco leaf.  Crazy good!  90 points.

Wente 2009 Small Lot Cabernet Franc ($35):

Tons of dark fruit and spice.  Green pepper.  Baseball glove.  Nice.  88-89 points.

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Wente 2009 Sonata

Wente 2009 Sonata ($45):

This is a blend of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon.  It’s a nice combination of green pepper and plum flavors.  Tobacco leaf and jerky.  Good stuff.  90 points.

Wente 2008 The Nth Degree Cabernet Sauvignon ($60):

Blueberries and blackberries for days.  A smooth ass wine.  This is what Cabernet Sauvignon should taste like.  Always.  91 bad ass points.

Look…

The Livermore Valley is a great place to go tasting.  We had a blast everywhere we stopped.

But…

Wente is just a cut above the rest.

You should go there too.

You’ll be glad you Went(e)!

Stay Rad,

Jeff

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