Saturday, August 7, 2010

Line Shack Winery from San Antonio Valley in Monterey

Line Shack Winery is located in San Antonio Valley in the southern end of Monterey County. In the old west, a “line shack” was a small cabin built on the open range where the cowboys could take shelter from the rain and cold. When Bob and Daphne Balentine first discovered their small ranch in San Antonio Valley the only building on the property was this rundown cabin that they affectionately called the “Line Shack”. After they remodeled the building it became a gathering place for friends and family and is now the Tasting Room.

The Balentines have been making wine for almost 20 years and in 2004 they decided to quit their day jobs and dive into making a living with their passion for fine wine and good food. By 2006 they brought
Bob Leighton pouring Line Shack wine
in their friends Bob and Janet Leighton to help expand the winery.

All of the fruit in Line Shack wines comes from the southern Monterey County with a focus on the San Antonio Valley AVA which has a warm climate and proved to be great for growing Bordeaux and Rhone style wines with rich flavors and full body. They are working with their fellow growing partners to strive towards sustainable farming.

The 2007 Sauvignon Blanc is from the nearby San Lucas region of Monterey County. It won a double gold medal in the 2008 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. This Sauvignon Blanc has a delightful crisp acidity with aromas and flavors of white peach, nectarine, pineapple and citrus. It would pair nicely with crab and seafood. The price is $14.

Line Shack 2008 Chardonnay is made with fruit from both the Arroyo Seco and Santa Lucia Highlands region of Monterey County. It has won several medals including Gold at the 2010 California State Fair. It delivers great aromas and flavors of pear, apple, kiwi and lime with a touch of toasty oak and honey. It has a very pleasant long finish. The price is $18.

The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon is from the San Antonio Valley AVA in Monterey. This is a rich wine with flavors of dark fruit, including black cherry, plum and currents. You will also enjoy the touch of vanilla, leather and mocha. It is nicely balanced between the fruit and the tannins leading to a long finish. It is a great wine, particularly with a price of $18.

The 2007 Syrah from San Antonio Valley has a rich deep dark color with a complex mixture of black cherry, plum and violets with the nice peppery and spice components you will enjoy. The fruits and tannins result in a pleasant long finish. The price is $18. 
For more info:  Line Shack Winery

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