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This week’s wines come to us from Coquelicot Estates in Santa Barbara County. The name Coquelicot is French for the striking red poppy flower that graces all the labels of their wines.  The winery has produced some fantastic Syrahs and Bordeaux-style blends, which  have been among our tasting panel’s favorites and are well worth the trip to taste.

Here’s what our panel had to say about a few of their current releases.

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Coquelicot 2010 Sangiovese

Grape(s): 100% Sangiovese

Region: Santa Barbara County

Price: 35-40

Tasting Notes:

Aromas of cherries and strawberries mingle with notes cola and herbs on the nose. A sip unfurls flavors of cherry and cranberry accented by suggestions of white pepper and baking spices.  Smooth and bright with a welcoming acidity and soft tannins, Cali-Itali fans will enjoy this bottle.

Rating: 89

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Coquelicot 2010 Sauvignon Blanc

Grape(s): 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Region: Santa Barbara County

Price: 25-30

Tasting Notes:

A bouquet of citrus fruit and herbs greets the senses. The palate delivers flavors of lemon-custard, key lime and white peach along with hints of fresh minerals. A lush Sauvignon Blanc with a slightly creamy mouthfeel, fans of easy-going whites will enjoy this bottle.

Rating: 89

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Coquelicot 2011 Riesling

Grape(s): 100% Riesling

Region: Santa Barbara County

Price: 25-30

Tasting Notes:

Aromatics of apricot and white peach meld with floral and mineral notes on the nose. Flavors of dried apricot, peach, and nectarine flow into hints of fresh minerals and perfume.  A fairly dry, floral Riesling, fans of of more European style will of the variety will enjoy this wine.

Rating: 89