RAMON GUERRERO is one of my favorite heroes because he was able to make his dream come true. As a physician with an anesthesiology specialty, he originally came to Texas from California for job and educational opportunities. But his children were eager to go back to California, so he and his wife started to look at buying a second home in the Bay Area to be close to them. "The prices for the properties were outrageous," so they started looking inland, away from the coast and found a large ranch property called "Meadowlark Ranches" in Santa Barbara. With more land than what they needed to build a house, he asked around and decided to plant vineyards. His passion for wine led the couple to start a wine-producing ranch that became "Meadowlark Vineyards" just a few years ago and is producing approximately 500 cases of wine, enough to give him the satisfaction and happiness of pursuing one of his passions', making wine. Now, between surgeries I and medical practice, he often finds himself on the s road promoting his wine to restaurants and small shops. I have tried several of his wines and they all are fantastic: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
Meadowlark Vineyards Syrah Reserve 2007
Region: Santa Barbara County
Price: $ 35
Aromas: Cherry, chocolate and plum
Flavors: Earthy, dark fruit
Impression: Sweet tannins, succulent
Structure: Balanced, concentrated
Drink with: Beef shortribs, Stew, BBQ ribs
Why I loved this wine? A long finish with elegant graphite, earthy hints
My Rating: 93 pts.
Muga "Prado Enea" Gran Reserva 2004
Region: Rioja, Spain
Price: $ 65