Core Winery

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90
points

Core Winery 2001 Red (Santa Barbara County)

  1. $24
From 3,200 feet up in the Sierra Madre Mountains, a first-release Rhône blend of Mourvèdre, Syrah and Grenache from a promising new vintner. Very good extraction, lots of focus and intensity in the ripe fruit, but balanced, without being overly hot. Delicate tannins and firm acidity provide great structure.  — S.H.  (3/1/2004)
88
points

Core Winery 2006 Hard Core Red (Santa Barbara County)

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  1. $29
Here’s a full-bodied, Rhône-style red that’s rustically tannic, yet is dry and balanced. It’s a good partner for food, and will pair nicely with everything from roasts and Mexican fare to burgers and beef stew. With a little Cabernet Sauvignon added for body, it shows dark berry, currant, semi-sweet dark chocolate, sage and mushu plum sauce flavors.  — S.H.  (12/1/2008)
87
points

Core Winery 2006 Red Wine (Santa Barbara County)

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  1. $22
Robust and rustic, but with its mélange of cherry, currant, root beer, orange zest and anise flavors, it will pair well with things like spicy beef in a wine reduction sauce and chicken enchiladas. Mourvèdre, Grenache, Syrah.  — S.H.  (12/1/2008)
83
points

Core Winery 2005 Alta Mesa Vineyard Grenache (Santa Barbara County)

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  1. $38
Hot, raspingly dry and pretty tannic to boot, this Grenache, from a high mountain vineyard, also is a little funky and barnyardy. There are some concentrated cherry, currant, Tabasco and pepper-spice flavors, but those strong tannins really get in the way.  — S.H.  (12/1/2008)
83
points

Core Winery 2005 Elevation Sensation Red (Santa Barbara County)

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  1. $42
Overripe and hot, with a Porty, brandied fruitcake aroma and semi-sweet cherry and chocolate flavors. Grenache and Mourvèdre.  — S.H.  (12/1/2008)
82
points

Core Winery 2005 Ground Around Red (California)

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  1. $47
With vegetal aromas and flavors, this is not a successful wine. It doesn’t have enough fruity richness to balance out the alcohol and tannins, and is not likely to age.  — S.H.  (12/1/2008)
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