Wine Enthusiast, 91 points
"Light in the glass and almost rusty in color, this bottling begins with aromas of dried cherry juice, chaparral spice and toasted sage. Lightly bodied on the palate, it's an herbal display, showing thyme, sagebrush and toasted nuts, with touches of rosewater and red currant."
91 POINTS! Easily deserved, we might add -- this is pinot-esque with more juicy cherry fruit and the classic sweet herbs that you get in Chateauneuf-du-Pape...sage, fennel, thyme and the like. There’s a layer of toast, too, that makes this irresistibly easy to drink and pair with ANYTHING. FIFTEEN dollars! Amazing. $90 a 6-PACK DELIVERED! A no-brainer if we’ve ever seen one!
La Marea is made by celebrated winemaker Ian Brand -- it’s a tiny winery focused on single vineyard Spanish varietals “rooted in the sea, the soil and the sea air”. Brand believes Monterey and San Benito to be some of the most ideally suited climates in California for Spanish varietals like Albariño, Grenache (Garnacha) and Mourvedre (Monastrell). With proximity to the cool ocean waters, Monterey Bay provides an optimal climate for Albarino while the warmer San Antonio and San Benito Valleys closely resemble the Spanish regions where these grapes thrive. This region, once the site of a shallow ocean bed millions of years ago, is one of the few spots in California with a high percentage of limestone found in the soil which gives the wines a high natural acidity.
This is what all the cool kids are drinking -- except they are paying twice as much as INVINO clients!! Get it while we have it!