CORE Family Winery
2007 Ground Around California Red Wine
The Mad (Wine) Scientist
Today’s Core Family Winery 2007 Ground Around California Red Wine was a late addition to our tasting roster, and boy, are we happy to have found this great wine!
Prior to release, this delicious blend of blend of 65% Tempranillo, 25% Grenache and 10% Syrah was aged for 2 years in barrel and one year in bottle. The wine also benefitted from 5% stem inclusion at crush, cold soak and fermentation, imparting a complex and tasty earthen character that subtly complements the wonderful Santa Barbara and Santa Lucia Highlands fruit.
This highly recommended wine delivers big, bold and concentrated flavors on the palate and a wonderfully aromatic nose. Enjoy now, and cellar for another 5 to 7 years.
Deep, dark scarlet at its core, with an almost completely opaque heart that transitions into a lovely red ruby edge.
Bright and aromatic, with plenty of oaky spice right off the bat. Dark cherry and dried red raspberry mingle with sweet vanilla, saddle leather, and spicy herbal notes of sage and rosemary.
Bold, lush, and concentrated, with plenty of sweet, dark fruit balanced by earthy tones of sweet tobacco leaf, aged leather, fresh forest floor, clove, cinnamon, black peppercorn, and just a touch of herbal black tea.
Well balanced and very smooth, yet with a power that lovers of robust Zinfandels would thoroughly enjoy.
A perfectly grilled burger, served with black pepper-spiced bacon and aged cheddar, with plenty of fresh tomato and lettuce on top. Serve alongside some Cajun-spiced french fries.
What the Winery Says
A blend of 64% Tempranillo, 18% Grenache and 18% Syrah. 5% stem inclusion during long cold soaks and fermentations. The wine was aged for 2 years in 20% new French and American barrels and 1 year in bottle prior to release. A complex blend of fruit, tannin and acid. The wine is bright and will burst upon your palate. Drink it now or age another 7-10 years.
- Dave Corey
- 91 Points - The Rhone Report
- All grapes sourced from Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County
- Fruit Composition
- 64% Tempranillo, 18% Syrah, 18% Grenache
- 24 months in French and American oak, 20% new
About the Winery
Dave and Becky Corey created CORE wines with the 2001 vintage, the same year they were married. In the beginning, there were only 250 cases made from their first six barrels of wine. Now, years later, they are still energized with the challenges and complexities of blending small lots of their favorite varietals, Mourvedre and Grenache. Their focus remains on the vineyard as they still believe that the core of every wine begins in the vineyard.
Winemaker Dave Corey
Dave Corey’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in Biology from San Jose State University and a master’s degree in Entomology and Plant Physiology from Kansas State University, which was completed in 1995. Prior to entering the wine industry in 1996, Dave worked in Salinas and the Central Valley in agricultural fields including cole crops, cotton, almonds, citrus, walnuts, kiwi, table grapes, apples and stone fruit. His first position in the wine industry was as a Pest Control Advisor with Cambria Winery and Vineyards and later at Kendall-Jackson Vineyards of Santa Barbara County.
Dave left Kendall Jackson Vineyards in 1999 to begin Vital Vines, a viticultural company providing technical support for vineyard property owners, vineyard managers and winemaking personnel in the promotion of sustainable agriculture. He has worked with clients that include Laetitia, Barnwood, Beckman, Melville, Stolpman, Gainey, Zaca Mesa, Sea Smoke, Le Bon Climat, Sine Qua Non, Rideau, Carhartt, Rusack, Westerly, Fiddlestix, Vogelzang, Andrew Murray, Evergreen, Arita Hills and Royal Oaks.
With a major commitment and a second mortgage, Dave gradually decreased his vineyard consulting work to focus on vineyard sourcing, winemaking duties and winery direct sales for CORE wine company, which he started in 2001 with his wife, Becky. Dave passionately continues working in the same capacity today in addition to several new wine projects with family members. He can also be found pouring wine for customers at the CORE wine company tasting room in Old Orcutt, California.