CORE ELEVATION SENSATION - 2005
From Alta Mesa, Santa Barbara County. 60% Mourvedre and 40% Grenache with 15% alcohol.
Medium red color with aromas and flavors of blueberry jam, strawberry and spicy oak. There is a very well-defined fresh plum finish that is backed by black fruits. Smooth with a big backbone full of black currant, cassis, and earth.
SCORE & RECOMMENDATION:
An excellent wine but expensive at $35 a bottle. I feel like you can get this kind of depth and character from a good $20 - $25 California Syrah. On the bubble for a recommendation. There's no doubting that this is good stuff and it won't disappoint, I'm just not convinced the value is quite there.