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A Taste of Garagiste: A festival prelude

We were so excited to be able to share our wines with writer Cori Solomon at at mini-tasting at Bar & Garden in Culver City to help promote the upcoming Garagiste Festival: Urban Exposure. Here is what she had to say:

“I have tasted some of Ascension Cellars’ wines at several Garagiste tastings but this time I delved into the entire portfolio. 

I started with the 2012 Cumulus, a blend Marsanne, Viognier and Roussanne. This wine exudes the flavors of tropical fruit, peaches and kiwi. The 2011 Dalliance, a GSM with smidgeon of Viognier and primarily Grenache was my favorite. Except for its light red color, the wine had a Rosé quality to it. The wine is bright with flavors of cherries and blood oranges. The 2011 Mayhem Syrah is a blend of primarily Syrah with some Petit Sirah and Grenache mixed in. What I found interesting is that the wine is aged twenty-four months in American Appalachian oak making the wine very rich and luscious. There were two-barrel samples, one the 2011 Muse Bordeaux Blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, which I found very bright with cherry flavors. The other barrel sample was the 2012 Soul Shaker Red Blend, a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot, Syrah and Merlot. The wine exudes dark fruit flavors.

We must not forget Ascension’s 2012 Rapture Primitivo Dessert Wine. This luscious dessert wine is a blend of mostly Primitivo with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon. This is a great wine to end a delightful meal.”

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