This post, like many of my posts from my last CA adventure, is long overdue. This past summer I had to travel to St. Louis for two weeks for work. It just so happened that it coincided with my friend Al (whom I met in Kansas City on another work trip) bringing around a representative from Yangarra Estate Vineyard in Australia, a Kendall Jackson brand. We met up in the hotel restaurant to taste through some of the current line up and for me to learn a bit about Yangarra.
Yangarra Estate totals 420 acres with 250 planted with primarily Rhone varieties. All wine produced under the label are single vineyard designates from dry farmed vineyards. I thought it was kind of cool that the Grenache they farm was planted in 1946. Total, Yangarra produces 15,000 cases a year.
2007 Un-oaked Chardonnay: Melon, pear, light citrus, peach, white flowers, white pepper, spice, peach, stone fruit, full mid-palate, great structure. Retails for $15-$20.
2007 Viognier: Slight butter oak that is fleeting, pear, stone fruit, spicy, little cream that doesn’t appear in the mouth at all, tropical notes, apple, crisp, acidic.
2007 Roussanne: Light citrus, orange, nice round mouth feel, lemon, tart, something tropical hiding, spicy nose, hint of orange cream, nice long finish, smoke.
2005 Cadenzia: My favorite of the wines. 7 wineries make wines under this name and they must be Grenache heavy to qualify. The Yangarra Cadenzia was 47% Grenache, 41% Syrah, 12% Mourvedre. Blackberry, black plum, chocolate, pepper, raspberry, really tart fruit, black cherry, nice herbal/mint/eucalyptus, red fruit, really bright, dried roses, smokey, cracked black pepper, this had a nose I could get lost in.
2007 Shiraz: Cracked pepper, big black plums, meat->grilled, crushed violets, spicy, dusty dark chocolate, herbs, smoke, concentrated black fruit, black cherry, tannins.
2005 High Sands Grenache: Big nose, perfumey, candied currants, black fruit, chocolate, berries, plums, big fruit, tannic, flowers, some red fruit.
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