Like true Southern California residents, we here at SoCal Mag are avid fans of wine. With the countless offerings of beautiful vineyards all around us, we have access to some of the best wine selections available in the country. This week, for the trending #ThirstyThursday movement in modern day social media, we chose to highlight two very special wine offerings from the beautiful Moraga Vineyards of Bel Air. The most notable detail to these offerings is that both are products that spawned deliciously well despite a four year drought that affected Moraga from 2012 through 2016.
The 2013 Moraga Red Wine is aromatic using notes of cassis, briar, and cocoa along with hints of sandalwood, pipe tobacco, and wet sandstone. Upon tasting, this Red Wine holds power and certainly commands presence on the palette. The sandalwood and pipe tobacco are certainly present throughout each sip. It’s no wonder the intense process in creating this wine included pre-fermentation and for the grapes to be punched down by hand up to seven times a day along with extended maceration. The complete process averaged anywhere between 33 to 46 days, with the final product being bottled in August 2015. SoCal Mag’s recommendation is to drink this option with a decadent dinner that includes any heavy protein and/or pasta combination.
The 2015 Sauvignon Blanc is fragrant with notes of citrus rind, citronella, fresh green apple, Bosc pear, Asian pear, and honeydew melon, then paired with floral notes of honesuckle and hints of pineapple and white peach. There is no doubt that this Sauvignon Blanc is one of Moraga’s star selections. The refreshing highlights of citrus throughout this wine are light and invigorating. It’s certainly a favorite for us, and is really aligned well with the Summer season. The sweetness naturally blends well with a SoCal brunch party or even a dessert pairing.
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