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Jewel Collection Winery

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Rating: B
Jun 21st, 2008
3750 E. Woodbridge Rd. Acampo, CA 95220

Phone: 209 340 8500

Hours: 11am - 6pm

Club/Discounts: 3 levels, shipments every 2 months

Tasting Fees: $5 for 4 wines, free for members

Down the road from Mondavi's Woodbridge winery, located alongside the railroad track. The large tasting room was almost empty while we were there for the friendly and attentive staff. The winery has recently updated their label, and offers a wide range of varietals - too many in my opinion. In general, we found the wines to be short in flavour and depth. Too many wines - not enough winemakers to develop each wine.

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2002 Diamant ($30)Rating: B
Jun 21st, 2008
A blend of Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Seems mostly Malbec and Franc - seems unbalanced on the palate, but more flavour than others.
2004 Carignane ($20)Rating: B
Jun 21st, 2008
Smells of raspberry jam. Hot on the finish, but may improve with air time due to medium tannins.
2005 Merlot ($13)Rating: B
Jun 21st, 2008
Lighter merlot, slightly chewy on the palate that may have some life.
2005 Petite Sirah ($13)Rating: B
Jun 21st, 2008
Dry on the palate with a taste of redcurrants.
2006 Brut Sparkling Wine ($15)Rating: B
Jun 21st, 2008
Light and refreshing with medium acidic flavours on the tongue. Short finish
2006 Raspberry Sparkling Wine ($15)Rating: B
Jun 21st, 2008
Tastes like raspberry cream soda - odd smell of garden herbs. Very sweet
2002 Clareta ($30)Rating: A-B
Jun 21st, 2008
Blend of Cabernet, Tempranillo and Grenache that smells like balsamic vinegar and "Broccoli"
2005 "Old Vine" Carignane ($30)Rating: A-B
Jun 21st, 2008
Goes well with Olive oil and fresh bread - more of the balsamic vinegar with this one.
2005 "Old Vine" Zinfandel ($13)Rating: A-B
Jun 21st, 2008
Flavour hits the roof of your mouth - peppery with a strange aftertaste.
2006 Cabernet Sauvignon ($13)Rating: A-B
Jun 21st, 2008
Very young - the wine started being poured a couple of weeks ago. Hard to tell how it will develop - lots of tannins overpowering a hint of red fruit.
2006 Pinot Noir ($13)Rating: A-B
Jun 21st, 2008
Toasted cranberry, unusual flavour for pinot.
2006 Viognier ($13)Rating: A-B
Jun 21st, 2008
Very sweet and not much flavour - ok when chilled for a hot day.
2006 Un-oaked Chardonnay ($13)Rating: A
Jun 21st, 2008
Steel fermentation instead of oak barrels - hence the name. No fruit, surprising for a young wine and more of a chemical taste.

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