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Carlsbad, CA Wineries- May 2012

Posted by VegasOenophile, Jul 1, 2012.

I was in Carlsbad for a friend's wedding and had to visit a couple of the local wineries.  The first I made it to was Witch Creek who has a quaint little tasting room near the beach.  They bring in their fruit and make it right there on site.  Some nice surprises.  I tasted their:

2009 Eye of Newt Rosé

2008 Due Pastore

2009 Barbera

2009 Petit Verdot

2007 Cabernet Franc Reserve

Catatonic Dessert Wine

I didn't get to taste it, but bought a bottle of the 2009 Teroldego because I'd never had this varietal before.  I opened it recently and really enjoyed this one.  It's a great, rustic red suited well for food.  Very interesting.

I also went to Carrth Cellars on Cedros in Solana Beach.  I didn't have an opportunity to take notes, but I did come home with more bottles from Carruth.  They source from great areas and there was nothing just "alright" in the lineup.  If memory serves, I tasted their:

2010 Lake County Encanto VY Sauvignon Blanc

2010 RRV Bacigalupi VY Pinot Noir

2008 Lake County St. Olof VY Malbec

2009 Alexander Valley Stryker VY Cabernet Sauvignon

If you get the chance, definitely check out Carruth wines, not to say Witch Creek didn't have enjoyable wines as well.  For me the quality was higher and more consistent for my taste at Carruth.



Reply by EMark, Jul 1, 2012.

I had no idea, VO.  I am going to have to contact my friend with the townhouse in Oceanside and travel down south a tad.

Reply by shsim, Jul 1, 2012.

Hmm I just tasted Witch Creek Barbera 2009 and it was a little on the acidic side. Reminds me of a sour cherry pie. I was checking their website out and it is amazing that you have such similar notes to them! I will definitely check out the Teroldego.

Reply by VegasOenophile, Jul 3, 2012.

I must confess if I taste things that are on the tasting notes they provide, I circle them and include them in my review.  I do however, smell and taste and get my own thoughts together before I look at any provided notes.  It is somewhat acidic, but I like some strong acid, as it pair better with food.  That said, more time would help it.  Or decanting.

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