Every Thursday I feature a wine I particularly enjoy, whether it’s something new and different, is a great value, or from a producer worth checking out. For this week, my Wine Of The Week is the 2010 Tercero Verbiage.
Tercero Vineyards is located in Los Olivos, California. Larry Schaffer is the owner/winemaker. Schaffer left a successful career in publishing to pursue his dream of becoming a winemaker. He earned a degree in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis. Thereafter he got winemaking career started as an enologist at Fess Parker Winery. While at Fess Parker he started Tercero.
I first meet Larry a couple of years ago at one of my favorite events – Dark & Delicious. Initially, he caught my attention because he was aerating his wines in Erlenmeyer flasks rather than traditional decanters. I thought – How cool is that (note to self – buy some lab beakers; they cost less and work as well!)?
I tried his wines, and came away impressed.
Since then, I’ve tasted his wines at a few other events, and continued to be impressed. The wines are worthy of attention, and reasonably priced (the reds are $30, the whites are $22!). On top of that, Larry is hard-working, down-to-earth, passionate, and very affable guy in my book. And that matters to me.
Tercero Wines offers a range of wines including varietal bottlings of Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, a red Rhône blend, Grenache Blanc, Viognier, Rosé, and a dry Gewürztraminer. All wines are bottled under screwcap (extra points in my book!) Annual case production is about 1,250 cases.
The wines are worth seeking out, and if you get a chance, I heartily recommend a visit to the winery!
The wine is labeled “Verbiage” because according to Larry – “I love to talk – a lot! I also love to make wine – a lot! so this label pays homage to the fact that every wine tell a story“.
Each component fermented and pressed off separately, ,then barreled down for approximately 34 months.
Retail – $30; 14.5% alcohol; Screwcap closure.
Pair with: Glazed Asian Chicken Breasts or Grilled or Braised lamb, or Grilled Sausages.
Sample provided for review
(A+) – 95-100/Extraordinary
(A) – 92-95/Outstanding
(A-) – 89-91/Very Good to Outstanding
(B+) – 86-88/Very good
(B) – 80-85/Good
(C) – 70-79/Bleh
(D) – 50-69/#Fail
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