#WineWednesday Review; 2012 Tercero Grenache Blanc Camp 4 Vineyard

From time to time, I receive wines samples from wineries or their public relations agencies for review.  I’ve decided to feature such samples on #WineWednesday’s. This week’s wine is the 2012 Tercero Grenache Blanc Camp 4 Vineyard.

The Winery

Tercero Wines 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 few 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.  I’ve also had a chance to visit the winery in Los Olivos.

I continue to be impressed with the harmonious character of his wines.  `

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!


My tasting notes:

Very pale yellow golden color with interesting petrol, white peach, lanolin, mango, wet stone and spice aromas. On the palate it’s medium-bodied and dry with a creamy texture and lively lemony acidity with white peach, mango, apricot, and spice flavors and a lingering mineral driven finish. 14.1% alcohol. Retail – $25

Rating: A-: This is an intriguing and harmonious wine. It’s the petrol aromas that make this wine intriguing for me.  But winemaker Larry Schaffer told me that’s typical for Grenache Blanc as it ages.  Learn something new every day!

Pair with: We enjoyed this with cracked crab. Try it with Grilled Peaches over Arugula with Goat Cheese and Proscuitto!

Wine provided as a sample for review.  Many thanks to Larry Schaffer of Tercero

Ratings Key:

(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


Martin Redmond is a Financial Executive by day, and a certified wine geek with latent foodie tendencies the rest of the time. In addition to the wine lifestyle and food he enjoys family, fitness and traveling. He likes to get thoughts of wine off his mind by sharing experiences on his ENOFYLZ Wine blog, which features wine reviews, wine country travel, and wine and food pairings.

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  1. Larry is a great guy and I have always been impressed with his wines!

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