Saturday, June 13, 2015

Review: Ty Caton Vineyards **** $$$ Chardonnay (California) and ***+ $$ enTycement Red Wine (Sonoma, California), both 2013

By way of background:  Today we will be sampling two moderately-priced selections - one white and one red - from Ty Caton Vineyards, which are located in Sonoma County, California.  While the white is 100% chardonnay, the red is a unique blend of seven different varietals, with zinfandel and syrah predominating.  Review wines were provided by the winery.


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Original tasting and review : This is Ty Caton Chardonnay, California, 2013, finished at 13.4% alcohol and first 2 sampled years from vintage date, in June, 2015.

In the glass:  Clear with golden and olive highlights.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows grassy pear and citrus fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bright but textured.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much sweeter, rounder and fuller than anticipated.  But not TOO sweet, round and full - showing a luscious balance between fresh pear and just the right surrounding acids.  The sip is lively and refreshing while deeply satisfying. Brings a nice sleek minerality to the palate.  Finish is clean and of modest length.

In summary: Overall, the balance of bright aromatics and lush flavors touches an impressive four stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.

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Check out today's pricing and retail availability for Ty Caton enTycement Red Wine.

Original tasting and review : This is Ty Caton enTycement Red Wine, Sonoma County, California, 2013, finished at 14.4% alcohol and first sampled 2 years from vintage date, in June, 2015.  It is a blend of 39% zinfandel, 27% syrah, 12% carignane, 8% petite sirah, 6% merlot, 4% petit verdot and 4% barbera.

In the glass: Muddy dark mahogany, opaque from a quarter inch of the edge.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows husky, brambly blackberry and black currant fruit.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bold, perhaps piercing, with some dark charcoal streaks.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact more velvety than anticipated.  Tannins and acids are noticeable, but layered in with sweet, ripe black raspberry fruit right from the start.  More raspberry lifts into your cheeks as the sip progresses, then the tannins help the finish settle in to a leisurely fade.  The expected charcoal is missing entirely on the deeply fruited palate.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a plus for its intriguingly balanced layers on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  This becomes a good value at its retail price point based on the Spirit of Wine formula.

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