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91
points

Core Winery 2010 Elevation Sensation Grenache-Syrah (Paso Robles)

  1. $35

Dave Corey co-fermented 83% Grenache with 17% Syrah to produce this rich wine, which offers nose-tingling aromas of blackberry brandy. It’s soft once sipped, but also a bit brutal, with blood and barrel-age prominent alongside flavors of blackberry-peppercorn cake. Serve as dessert.

 — M.K.  (12/31/2014)
91
points

Core Winery 2008 Elevation Sensation Alta Mesa Vineyard Red (Santa Barbara County)

  1. $35

A bit lighter in color than many of Dave Corey’s other inky bombs, this offers sweet cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg on the nose, with pipe tobacco emerging into the palate as well. It veers toward cognac, brandy and espresso liqueur once sipped. All ripeness, spice and barrel-age.

 — M.K.  (12/31/2014)
90
points

Core Winery 2009 Elevation Sensation Alta Mesa Vineyard Red (Santa Barbara County)

  1. $35

This is a barrel-aged, punch-in-the-face blend of 62% Grenache and 38% Mourvèdre from Santa Maria-based winemaker Dave Corey, who sources most of his fruit from the Cuyama Valley. Its cherry syrup nose dives into a thick, juicy palate, heavily spiced with tobacco, laden with chalky tannins and ending with vanilla.

 — M.K.  (12/31/2014)
90
points

Core Winery 2008 Reserve Tempranillo (Santa Barbara)

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  1. $28

Leather, smashed berries and juniper reveal the age of this wine, further enhanced with a meaty mouthfeel, redolent with flavors of blueberry and purple fruits. Charred vanilla touches on the finish.

 — M.K.  (12/31/2014)
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 2008 Santa Barbara Highlands Reserve Grenache (Santa Barbara County)

  1. $29

The berry liqueur aromas common to Core Wine’s extended barrel-aging program emerge even on this Grenache. The flavors are more varietally on-point, with raspberry fruit leather, chocolate-covered cherries and a still-strong acidity.

 — M.K.  (12/31/2014)
88
points

Core Winery 2007 Ground Around Red (Santa Barbara County)

  1. $35

Blueberry liqueur and cigar box aromas greet the nose on this blend of Tempranillo, Syrah and Grenache, which spent 42 months in barrel and one year in bottle. There are oaky tannins and a decent acidity that lingers long, surrounded by dark purple fruits, toasted coconut and a touch of vanilla.

 — M.K.  (12/31/2014)
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)
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