Tercero Cuvee Christie Santa Barbara County 2009
tercero is a small label producing small lot rhone variety red and white wines from leading Santa Barbara County vineyards. The label also produces The Outlier, a dry Gewurztraminer.
Editorial Reviews for Tercero Cuvee Christie Santa Barbara County
In neutral oak for 42 months 65% Grenache, 15% mourvedre, 10% syrah, 10% petite sirah Spicy, tarry and deep on the nose with a black cherry component, a little camphor, mineral and smoky limestone notes. In the mouth this is relatively light bodied, showing lovely freshness and depth of clear fruit shows nice complexity with sour cherry, wild strawberry and mineral notes, framing notes shows a hint of spice, dried rose petal and herb stem. There’s nice tannin structure on the finish that is supportive but integrated adding a nice tea aspect with spicy mineral notes on the fairly long finish which does show a suggestion of heat 89pts
Four and a half glasses
External Reviews for Tercero Cuvee Christie Santa Barbara County
Tercero 06 Cuvee Christie - this is one of those wines you won't forget anytime soon. Tercero is an up-and-comer in Santa Ynez Valley which we happened upon at Hospice du Rhone in 2008. We loved his wines and as soon as they became available, snagged a few bottles of the very limited production. A lovely wine you'll enjoy with every sip. Here's what winemaker and owner Larry Schaffer has to say... Named for my 'partner in crime' (who also happens to be my wife and best friend), this is the first of many 'blends' we plan on producing. It is made up of 60% grenache, 30% syrah, and 10% mourvedre. Each component was fermented and aged separately, and the final blend was 'combined' about a month before bottling. One person described this wine as 'cherry fireworks in your mouth', while others have mentioned scents of rhubarb pie and raspberries . . . For me, it's a wine that changes over time in the glass. The aromas of the wine scream from the glass - raspberries, cherries, and yes, rhubarbs - along with a nice touch of exotic wood, white pepper, and a myriad of spices. It takes on weight in the mouth and finishes with a healthy dose of acid and well integrated tannins. It's a wine that is drinking beautifully now and will continue to do so for some time to come! Enjoy!