Typically I don’t give much mention to lunch-wines BTG for a lot of reasons… pure laziness… plenty of content already… busy… no time… strange surroundings… often bad stemware… and the number one reason: USUALLY THEY SUCK. But here are two worth mentioning. I’m not going to give big ink to either, but the fact I am writing AT ALL tells you I was impressed.
The FOLKWAY REVELATOR is a blend of cab, MT, and CF from three different vineyards on the Central Coast–some from the old Letitia Barnwood source up in Cayama, some from Bien Nacido and maybe some from Monterey County. I just don’t remember. Medium purple with clear edges. Quite closed in–a little wet newspaper cloaking the fairly-ripe fruit. Dense dark cherry in the mouth with ample oak and a tad of alcohol visible. Mild tannins. A little unbalanced but not a horrible wine by any stretch of the imagination and a PP of about 25$. ♦
The QUINTA DEL MAR was a surprisingly good Pinot. Dark purple-ruby with pink edges. Dense and nuanced and earthy in the nose with ample rich fruit and a healthy dose of sweet oak. Spicy and chalky in the mouth, round and acidic, showing surprising presence, sophistication and grace. Nicely tannic for a pinot. I will just get right out and say I have never been a giant fan of Edna Valley Pinot Noir (where the vast majority of labels producing SLO County PN are located), but the restaurant owner indicated this vineyard is in Nipomo. I may just have to do some more research on this one. Again, PP *I believe* in the 25-30$ range. ♦♦
These are both quite satisfactory little wines–each with it’s own helping of seriousness–and available BTG or bottle–table or retail–at Comfort Market in the Village of Arroyo Grande.