Madonna Estate

This boutique winery only sells at the winery and online via their website. I enjoyed the feel of this winery due to the humble and warm staff and great reds.

For a rather smaller winery they have quite a variety. I enjoyed during the tastings walking around the tasting room and looking at the merchandise from local artists and craftsmen but mostly I enjoyed speaking with the staff and hearing their stories. One was a wine lover and enjoyed coming on Saturday’s to meet new people and talk wine and the other was a nice High School math teacher that had a passion for wine as well.

Madonna Estate emanates that country rustic feel that just warms your heart.

Tasting:

2013 Estate Pinot Noir: ($32) Aged in French Oak for 9 months and is extremely fruit forward, and is an excellent “food” pairing wine that accompanies many dishes such as; grilled salmon, stuffed mushrooms, polenta, and tenderloin of beef.

2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon: ($34) It is aged in oak for 18 – 24 months. On the nose I got Jalapeno! On the palate our Cabernet has a structured mouth feel with soft tannins and herbal undertones. Our Cabernet Sauvignon compliments filet mignon, pork tenderloin, and hearty tomato based pasta dishes.

 

My purchases:

 

I ended up getting the Pinot Noir – My husband enjoyed the fruit forward flavor.

Visiting & Tasting:

$15 – includes 4 wines :

  1. 2013 Estate Chardonnay
  2. 2013 Estate Pinot Noir
  3. 2014 Barbera
  4. 2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

 

Sum it up:

  1. Great reds!
  2. Extra friendly staff
  3.  Prices are a bit high but boutique small batch wines.

 

 

My First BevMo! Experience

Today I ventured out into the rain to make my debut at BevMo! I can’t believe living in California for nearly a year this is my first experience. I spent WAY to long in the store perusing through the aisles of wine, beer and liquor.

Not only do they have a huge selection of wine they also have a large selection of cheese! I made a few laps sampling cheese and then decided to go back to select a wine. I will say I was a bit overwhelmed but kept my cool and diverted to my previous blog posts about coping with wine overload.

I wasn’t trying to pair wine with food just going for the causal drinking wine. I was directed by the “BevMologist” to check out the “Unruly” wine. I decided to give it a whirl since it was buy 1 get the 2nd for 5 cents!! WHAT A STEAL!

I am writing this post as I sip on the Unruly Red. It’s super fruity & honestly it tastes very similar to a fruit juice with a splash of alcohol. I don’t mind it but I wouldn’t say I am in love however, it’s exactly what I was looking for, a affordable red table wine.

Here are a few other Unruly Wines at BevMo! 

Unruly Zinfandel –

Spice things up with a thunderous burst of blackberries and spice. There’s a darker side to this big wine – tons of black cherries and toasted oak reverberates throughout the set.

Unruly Cabernet Sauvignon –

Flavorful and showy, this Cabernet Sauvignon has giant flavors of juicy blackberries and plums, with generous chops of roasted coffee and smokey oak.

Unruly Chardonnay –

This Chardonnay showcases righteous aromas of tropical fruit, with a rebellious kick of spice. Massive flavors of pineapple and vanilla cream makes this one a hit at any gig.