This series of very inexpensive wines sound like they’re from Spain but they’re really from California. In fact, they’re part of the Wente Vineyards portfolio, a renowned California wine empire that stakes its claim as the country’s oldest continuously-operated family winery.
Here’s how its new Tamás label wines — which are rapidly becoming unavoidable in restaurants and markets — stack up.
2010 Tamás Estate Rosato of Sangiovese San Francisco Bay Livermore Valley – A “riserva” rose? From San Francisco? OK, well… this moderate pink wine offers mostly white wine character, a lively, somewhat buttery wine with mild fruit notes — fig, apples, maybe peaches — and the lightest of bitter finishes. Fine, but short of remarkable. B / $10
2008 Tamás Estate Pinot Double Decker Red Central Coast – Mixed opinions on this oddball blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, and Barbera. I found it to be overly big and jammy, with strage menthol, wood, and whiskey notes. The lady liked it. What can you do? B- / $12