Bridlewood is a relatively big operation in California’s Central Coast, and the winery offers bottlings up and down the food chain. Today we look at two new releases on the lower end of the scale, a pinot and a cabernet from the 2014 vintage.
2014 Bridlewood Pinot Noir Monterey County – Lightly meaty at first, this somewhat thin wine takes its sweet time in revealing notes of light cherry, jasmine, and lavender, filtered through a haze of bacon fat. A simple wine, but better than my description sounds. B / $15
2014 Bridlewood Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles – Here’s a cab that’s drinking well above its weight class. Lightly sweet at first, with notes of fresh berries and some rosemary, it fades into a sort of marshmallow sweetness, with a dusting of milk chocolate shavings. The finish has a powerful vanilla kick, with more of that requisite, residual sugar. (Perhaps a mask for any flaws within.) There’s no real tannic structure here, so drink it young. B+ / $15