We have been to Cedarcreek many times, but this was our first tour. Guided by Tasting Room manager Eliana (who really knows her sh*t), we got a real behind-the-scenes look at the storage and care of the wonderful juice that will turn into terrific wine. Also got our first view of the clay amphora that they use to make their Amphora Project wine. Very interesting.
Up to the tasting room for a wonderful private tasting. Let's get to it.
Cedarcreek 2015 Riesling ($15.99)
Aromas of stone fruit, pineapple, lemon, lime and just a tiny hint of diesel. Lots of citrus flavors, framed by some pineapple, red apple and lots of minerality. Such a steal at that price. 90.
Cedarcreek 2015 Platinum Reserve Block 3 Riesling ($24.99)
Beautiful aromas of citrus, diesel and orchard fruit. Flavors of elderflower, red and green apple, and impressive minerality. Will age gracefully but so good now it almost seems like it's one you could pop open anytime. 92.
Cedarcreek 2016 Ehrenfelser ($16.99)
Aromas of white flowers, apricot and a touch of bell pepper. Peach and apricot dominate the palate, with hints of cantaloupe. IMO, the best of this varietal they have ever produced. 89.
Cedarcreek 2015 Chardonnay ($18.99)
Beautiful aromas of toasty oak, butterscotch and pineapple. Rich and full mouthfeel with flavors that match the aromas. A great example of a bargain-priced Chardonnay. 90.
Cedarcreek 2015 Platinum Reserve Block 5 Chardonnay ($29.99)
Tropical fruit, butterscotch and citrus on the nose. Big and bold with a lot of acidity. Really needs some time to breath and develop. 90-92.
Cedarcreek 2014 Merlot ($17.49)
Cherry, toasty oak and dark chocolate on the nose. Black cherry, vanilla and a touch of spice on the palate. Another really excellent bargain. 90.
Cedarcreek 2014 Syrah ($22.29)
Dark plum, blueberry jam and white pepper on the nose. Cherry and dark fruit envelop the palate, with a touch of spice on the finish. Another steal. 90.
Cedarcreek 2014 Meritage ($23.99)
39% Cab. Franc
8% Cab. Sauv.
3% Petit Verdot
Aromas of dark fruit, mint, tobacco leaf and herbs. Beautiful, smooth tannins and flavors of blackberry, chocolate, spice and vanilla. 90.
We also tasted a few wines I had previously reviewed but all of these above were new to us. I'll say it again, it's nice to find a winery that continuously churns out wine of high quality and reasonable prices like these guys do. And it's impossible to find one that takes better care of it's Platinum Club members (shipping is always free for us - not many wineries do that).
Next up: Another winery that takes excellent care of it's club members, but it's a TOTALLY DIFFERENT kind of care. That's right, we are headed right to CrazyTown...at The Hatch!!