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Brass Tacks Wines from California

Merlot, Central Coast
Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast
Riesling, Monterey
Moscato, California
Pink Moscato, California

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2012 Merlot, Central Coast

89 POINTS
"Distinct aromas of pomegranate-glazed mushrooms and red pepper spice. Cracked black pepper and a hint of green herbs carries the palate, which holds a bittersweet cranberry note through the finish."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, April 2015

88 POINTS, VERY GOOD, STRONG RECOMMENDATION
"Inky purple color. Nose is slightly mute in the initial inhalations, then it pops open with more air contact, giving off sedate fragrances of black pepper, pomegranate, black raisin. Flavor is alive with the pomegranate aspect, which becomes tarter as the experience advances to the aftertaste."
- 2014 Ultimate Wine Challenge

87 POINTS, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, BEST BUY
"Dark ruby color. Aromas of grilled herbed chicken skin, chocolate and dried berries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a plum pie and créme brulee accented finish. A pleasant everyday sipper."
- 2014 Beverage Testing Institute

SILVER MEDAL
- 2014 American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition
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SILVER MEDAL
- 2014 San Diego International Wine Competition
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SILVER MEDAL
"Dark ruby color. Aromas of grilled herbed chicken skin, chocolate and dried berries with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a plum pie and créme brulee accented finish. A pleasant everyday sipper."
- 2014 Beverage Testing Institute

2009 Merlot, Central Coast

SILVER MEDAL
- 2012 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition
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2007 Merlot, Central Coast

GOLD MEDAL
- 2010 San Diego International Wine Competition
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88 POINTS, EDITOR'S CHOICE
"Bone dry, with brisk tannins, this is a Merlot to drink with good food and not worry about the wine overshadowing it. It’s really drinkable, with a soft, lush mouthfeel and flavors of cherries, currants, spices and cedar."
- S.H., Wine Enthusiast Magazine, August 2010
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2006 Merlot, Central Coast

90 POINTS, PUBLISHER'S PICK
"Rich, full-flavored and fruit-forward; juicy with body and streamlined tannins; nice, nuanced vanilla and a holiday pie melding of nutmeg, cinnamon and clove."
- Patterson's Tasting Panel, October 2009
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2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast

91 POINTS
- 2014 San Diego International Wine Competition
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GOLD MEDAL
- 2014 San Diego International Wine Competition
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89 POINTS, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, BEST BUY
"Aromas of chocolate covered craisins, mint, and spice cake with a silky, fruity medium body and a juicy sour cherry and dark roasted nut finish. A nicely balanced sipper or table wine."
- 2014 Beverage Testing Institute

SILVER MEDAL
"Dark garnet violet color. Aromas of chocolate covered craisins, mint, and spice cake with a silky, fruity medium body and a juicy sour cherry and dark roasted nut finish. A nicely balanced sipper or table wine."
- 2014 Beverage Testing Institute

2009 Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast

PLATINUM MEDAL
- 2012 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition
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SILVER MEDAL
- 2012 San Diego International Wine Competition
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2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, Central Coast

88 POINTS, EDITOR'S CHOICE
"Very nice for the price. Dry and smooth, with blackberry, cherry, cola and currant flavors that have a scoury mouthfeel, because of the tannins. Lots of class and even some complexity."
- S.H., Wine Enthusiast Magazine, August 2010
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85 POINTS
"This dense red's ripe flavors edge toward prune. A match for barbecue."
- Wine & Spirits, December 2009

2013 Riesling, Monterey

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
"Pale light bright straw green color. Delicate, tropical aromas of mango, pineapple, and lime custard with a supple, soft, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy peach cream and spiced green apple finish with fine fruit tannins and no oak. A solid, easy drinking off-dry Riesling that is sure to please." - - Beverage Testing Institute, April 2015

2012 Riesling, Monterey

90 POINTS
- 2014 San Diego International Wine Competition
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GOLD MEDAL
- 2014 San Diego International Wine Competition
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84 POINTS, RECOMMENDED
"Aromas of nutshells and honeyed pears with an off-dry light-to-medium body and a cling peach and limeade finish. Finishes nicely. Drink up cold."
- 2014 Beverage Testing Institute

2008 Riesling, Monterey

GOOD PAIRING with Cantonese Roast Goose
- 2011 Perfect Pairing Awards, Hong Kong

GOOD PAIRING with Fujian Egg & Flour Oyster Omelet
- 2011 Perfect Pairing Awards, Singapore

89 POINTS, EDITOR'S CHOICE
"This would be a wonderful wine even if it cost a little more. As it is, it’s a steal. Shows refined apricot, peach, lychee, mineral and floral flavors, finished with brisk, mouthwatering acidity, and an absolutely dry finish. One of the best Riesling values available in Cailfornia, and a tremendous cocktail wine. Just 600 cases were produced."
- S.H., Wine Enthusiast Magazine, August 2010
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2007 Riesling, Monterey

90 POINTS, EDITOR'S CHOICE
"A beautiful Riesling, perfect for a cocktail or with a wide range of fare. Bone dry and richly acidic, it shows true varietal flavors of citrus, honeysuckle, diesel or lighter fluid, minerals and gardenia flower. This is is a wine that sommeliers should scoop up, but only 450 cases were produced."
- Wine Enthusiast Magazine, October 2009
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2015 Moscato, California

90 POINTS – GOLD MEDAL
"Emerald straw color. Bright, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of yellow rose, lychee, and peach with a satiny, vibrant, off-dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length honeyed apple and nutskin finish with no oak. A juicy, crowd pleasing off-dry white wine with nice purity and balance. Exceptional. Best Buy." - Beverage Testing Institute, June 2016

2012 Moscato, California

BRONZE MEDAL
- 2013 American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition

2011 Moscato, California

89 POINTS, VERY GOOD, STRONG RECOMMENDATION
"Luscious aromas of dried apricot, nectarines, honeysuckle and candied orange peel hint at the honeyed texture and flavors of marmalade, peaches and mango to come. The finish is juicy and sweet and dotted with hints of apricot."
- 2013 Ultimate Wine Challenge

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- 2013 World Wine Championships

BRONZE MEDAL
- 2013 World Wine Championships

BRONZE MEDAL
- 2013 Sunset International Wine Competition
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2015 Pink Moscato, California

BEST BUY – HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
"Silvery pink color. Bright, floral aromas and flavors of honeysuckle and spiced peaches and oranges with a satiny, tangy, fruity sweet medium body and a refreshing, easy apple sauce, caramel, and honeyed nuts finish with soft, dusty tannins. A pleasant, floral, lighter-styled dessert wine." - Beverage Testing Institute, June 2016

2012 Pink Moscato, California

RECOMMENDED
- 2013 World Wine Championships

BRONZE MEDAL
- 2013 American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition

BRONZE MEDAL
- 2013 World Wine Championships

2011 Pink Moscato, California

SILVER MEDAL
- 2013 Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition
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