Bridlewood Estate Winery can be found in California’s Central Coast, where it makes a wide variety of wines using fruit from all over the state. Thoughts on two recent releases from the 2011 vintage follow.
2011 Bridlewood Chardonnay Monterey County – Pleasant, apples and lemon on the nose. The body offers an immediate contrast in the form of damp, old wood and stale honeysuckle notes. Some fruit comes back on the finish. (My wife liked this considerably better than I and did not feel this was corked.) C- / $14
2011 Bridlewood Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles – A light and lively Cab, with plenty of fruit but not at all overcooked. Some herbs, light green pepper, and plenty of red berries. Harmonious but with a very light body, the lightly herbal finish offers a taste of something more refined — wood, licorice, and some chocolate notes. For a Cab this young and this light in body, there’s plenty going on. A- / $14