Cereghino-Smith Continues to Make Great Wine
Fred and Paula are among my favorite people in the wine country. They are both no-nonsense folks. They steer clear of politics, they enjoy good rock'n'roll, and good food, and they just want to hang and make great wine. And they have their own vibe - a bi-costal thing, where they use California and New York grapes. They do it because they love it. They are having fun. They make some of the best wine in the valley, and their wines are on wine lists everywhere including the Culinary Institute of America.
It was great to run into them this past weekend at the Bounty of the Hudson, where they were featuring their wines, and again, as always, among the favorite winemakers on the scene. As nonchalant as they are, they are very serious about making serious wines with fun labels.
Tarragona 2011 is ablend of 75% Mourvedre (Monastrell) and 25% Grenache(Garnacha). The grapes are sourced from California’s Amador County. Fred and Paula hand sort hem and vinify them in New York’s Hudson Valley. Unfined and unfiltered. This is an excellent, excellent medium bodied red, with big dark cherry up front, with leather, spice, mocha, and whisps of vanilla.
I love these folks...and I LOVE their wines!!! You will too!