Tercero 2014 “Verbiage” Santa Barbara County

$19.99 (FWGS) 92 Points (WSoP) A classic Rhone-style blend from the Central Coast. This bottling is mostly Roussanne with a small amount of Viognier and Grenache Blanc. Aged in older French oak for over a year, this offers up a texturally lush mouthfeel balanced with a flash of acidity. On the nose, it’s an apple orchard on fire. There is toasted almond, fresh apple, and dried apricots on the palate, with a medium-bodied structure that hints at some skin contact. Decadent and lively, this would be perfect with Époisses cheese or grilled shrimp with peach salsa.