May 21, 2013

Drivethru tasting at Babcock Winery, Lompoc

Cruising down the highway, from Monterey on the way to Los Angeles, was just too much travel with out a stop along the way. Driving past dozens of great wineries without so much as a quick stop seemed somehow, well somehow less than civilized. The possibility of a quick stop was negotiated, and a look-up of who was in the basic path of travel and had good wines was done, and a choice was made. The choice of the day was Babcock Winery and Vineyards in Lompoc.
The tasting room is easy to find and has a nice cozy Santa Barbara Wine Country feel (ok Lompoc / Santa Ynez as well) with its wood and country cozy decor. It really was a drive up and taste and not a drive through but it was a quick stop.

A 5+ on the scale and ****
With a relatively large collection of small lot wines each time you go tasting here you may taste different wines. This may be a bit of a double edged sword as there is no real cohesive taste style to the wines that some people cling to. The other side of that coin is that the wines are made as an expression of the vineyard, and as such bring wonderful surprises. Having worked on his craft since 1982 or there a bouts, the mastery of his craft of wine making has produced some award winning wines. The current offerings were an eclectic collection containing some special wines that made the stop well worthwhile. A bottle of the N/V Red Table wine was chosen simply because for less than $10 bottle it was a great WW. The second bottle was a hard decision as the 2010 PSI Clone, Pinot Noir had my attention but the 2010 Fathom was intriguing as a great example of an unusual blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo, a very engaging drop.

The tasting room has gone through a bit of a renovation recently and I am sure it has only added to the comfy feel of the place.

Good wines that offer a lot to like and probably always a great surprise as each release comes along. If you are in the area stop on by and have a taste as 'recommended' here.

Kiwi & Koala

Oh yeah the second bottle taken home was the Fathom. a 7 and about *** (if memory serves)

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