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Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards
Cheval Sauvage. French for "wild horse", this pinot noir is the eponymous centerpiece of Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards, a 35-year-old label inspired by the rolling Californian hills that surround it. Blended from the handpicked fruits of two Santa Maria Valley vineyards, the 2012 vintage was barrel-aged for 16 months before bottling. Despite holding court as the tête de cuvée, it represents just a few drops in Wild Horse's barrel. Among the two dozen varietals are these standout selections:
2013 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon: Cab-sauv is one of Wild Horse's core varietals, and this particular one showcases the terroir of Paso Robles Wine Country. The sensuous bouquet of dark chocolate, cherries, and leather holds its own against heartier dishes, such as steak or stew.
2013 Viognier: Though another signature Wild Horse varietal, this wine couldn't be more different from the cab-sauv. Culled from the winery's other main AVA, Central Coast, this medium-bodied white stays bright thanks to infusions of peach, apricot, and lemon.
2014 Verdelho: Less common varietals are quite common at Wild Horse, including this native Portuguese style. Hailing from Paso Robles, the melon-and-peach-tinged wine is a solid complement to salads and charcuterie.
2013 Blaufrankisch: You might know this varietal better by its other name—Lemberger. A German cultivar long popular in Washington state, it's a Wild Horse estate wine known to sell out due to its unique flavor profile of licorice, currant, allspice, and vanilla. The next vintage is scheduled for release in February 2016.