The Artist And The Wine Maker
Working my way a little further up the Rancho California Wine Trail just past South Coast and Ponte Winery is the home of The Big Reds, Weins Winery. Weins has been a great addition to the valley since October of 2006. Owned by Doug, Danny, Dave, Jeff, and George Weins make whites, several dessert wines and of course great big reds. Cabs, Zins, Syrah, Mouvedre, and blends.
I met with Suzanne Schaffner, Marketing Director of Weins, to guide me through the tasting. I did have a few wines in mind before I arrived. The Mouvedre, The ’07 Tempranillo and The Reflection which is a Super Tuscan and part of the Weins artist series collection. These, I must say, were recommendations from Adam at Sunrider Jeep Tours in Temecula who is one of the all around most knowledgeable guys in the valley. His choices did not disappoint by any means.
I finally made a decision and selected the ’07 Reflection. Now I am not the kind of guy that picks a wine because of a label but Artist Sharif Carter’s piece on the Weins Reflection would compel you to buy it even if it was filled with tap water. Nevertheless the nose has a subtle Italian earthiness and a has a hint of Dark Cherry but is far from overpowering. As you take your first taste you will get the dark berry and a smooth and light finish. The unique factor about this Super Tuscan wine is that it has a Barbera base rather than a Sangiovese. This seems to make the wine bold and deep. This is great with any meal but I will more than likely sit out in the garden this weekend after a trip to the Temecula Valley Cheese Co and have Shawna Smoot pair it with one of their fantastic selections of cheese.
People this is a great wine that is normally sold for $38.00 per bottle but as you might have guessed if you mention Taste Of Temecula you can get your bottle or bottles for $30.40 each through January 22nd. In Addition to this If you would like to do a tasting at Weins, tell them Taste of Temecula sent you and you can do a two for one tasting.
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Here are the tasting notes from Weins:
Wild cherry, rose petal, and red berry aromas & flavors caress the palate in our 2007 Reflection blend. Balanced, smooth, and bright, this wine matches nicely with sharp cheeses, meatballs in cherry sauce, or pork tenderloin with rosemary-currant glaze.
Cases Produced: 303
Release Date: May 29, 2009
Varietal Composition: 37% Barbera, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Syrah, 5% Tempranillo
Enjoy by: 2012