Thursday, August 15, 2013

Purple Wine Company Virtual Tasting

We were lucky enough to receive an invitation to participate in the Purple Wine Company Virtual Tasting recently and, when the sample bottles arrived, we could hardly wait. A great lineup: unoaked Chardonnay, old vine Zinfandel, and Spanish Garnacha, all possible home runs!
"Purple Wine Company was founded in 2002 by Derek Benham and is based in Graton, California. Its mission is to create high‐quality wines that offer outstanding value and are consistent in style from vintage to vintage. The wines made via its sister production company, Sonoma Wine Company, are produced using water and energy conservation practices, while reducing Green House Gas emissions.

The Purple Wine Company portfolio includes Avalon, BEX, Four Vines, Cryptic and the newest addition to the PWC family, Alto Cinqo (which you'll be tasting!). While distinctly different, all brands maintain committed to producing the best possible wine in an environmentally conscious way."
The tasting was a lot of fun, with good interaction both from the presenters and the participants. As hoped, the wines were all amazing, and good values to boot. View the video at

Purple Wine Company Virtual Tasting Lineup

Tasting Notes:

Four Vines Naked Chardonnay is aimed at younger, neophyte drinkers, but we liked it plenty as well. The label is reminiscent of stainless steel, brings to mind how it was handled. If the  Four Vines Santa Barbara County Naked Chardonnay is any indication of quality we'll get at #WBC14, we're really excited!
2011 SBC Naked Chardonnay: lemon and starfruit aromas; bright lemon and stone fruit flavors; tart acidity, medium finish (SRP $12)
Four Vines Old Vine Zin is sourced from many California areas and has Syrah, Petite Sirah, Barbera and Sangiovese in the blend. Love their tagline, "Living in Zin."
2010 Truant Zinfandel: cream soda and smoky dark plum aromas; stewed plum and vanilla flavors, round mouthfeel; slightly tannic finish. (SRP $12)
Alto Cinco Wines "plays to the younger imbibing contingent;" it translates as "high five," nod to younger demographic and also high elevation, with “five” for 5th growing area in Aragon around Paniza Garnacha. This wine is 94% Garnacha, 6% Tempranillo. Bodegas Paniza, the winery for Alto Cinco Wines, has over 50 years of production history in Cariῆena.
2011 Garnacha: vanilla and black cherry aromas; spiced dark berries; dark cherries; nicely balanced; round mouthfeel;  slight tannins on finish. (SRP $15)
All of these wines are widely available and worth searching out.

Disclaimer: These wines were provided as media samples for review purposes.

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1 comment:

  1. I've had several of those labels..interesting to see who has what. Enjoy all the tasting!