Here are the wines I tasted the day of my own appointment:
2009 Estate Viognier: A nice bottle of a complex floral wine, dry, crisp, honey suckle and rose aromas with peach and melon flavors. SRP: $19.00 Standard Tasting, 90 points.
2009 Fume Rosé: A wine that hastens and welcomes the advent of summer and is nicely different then a majority of rosés you may already be familiar with, comes off bright, clean, and zesty. A Sauvignon Blanc aged and seasoned in barrels recently containing Cabernet Sauvignon. I really like this wine and think its unique style and tastes really deliver good value. SRP: $24.00 Standard Tasting, 90 points.
03, 04 and 07 Cabernet Sauvignon: If you're someone who likes 100% old world style wines than these wines will make you very happy. Each wine displayed rich varietal character that these grapes can achieve and were characterised by aromas of dried violets on the palate each wine displayed flavors of chocolate, ripe jammy berries, oak, pepper and earth. For my money, the 2004 was showing the best right now and the 2007 [Private Collection] was very good as well but would benefit from further aging. SRP: $38 [on special for $18], $58, $105. The 03 and 04 Standard Tasting and the 07 is on the Premium Tasting.
2005 Temecula One: Another wine from the Premium Tasting list and is a blend of 40% Sangiovese, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Merlot a wine with "Super Tuscan" styling and are typically red wines of very high quality. This wine is medium-bodied, juicy, loaded with wild berry and dark cherry fruit, and balanced with dusty tannins. Premium Tasting SRP: $115 87 points.
2007 "Katrina" Estate Zinfandel: This wine boasts of a "Old world" origin and is 100% Zin, which was aged 16 months in French/American oak, now when I think of old world in this context they have me thinking of Primitivo. Although, recent research reported by Wine Pros that in Croatia and at the University of California at Davis, using "DNA profiling, has proved Zinfandel is a clone of the Croatian variety Crljenak" [so easy to say as well], so glad they cleared that up. That said, this wine has deep violet reflections in the core and is complemented by a unique, intense bouquet, spicy aromas, is full bodied and conveys a velvety warmth on the palate. SRP $92 Premium Tasting 87 points.
2009 Talking Frog - Hefe-N-Vine Lager: This is a really fun little number, and was the last thing I tried before taking a tour of the grounds. It's 100% wine with Hefeweizen beer characteristics thrown into the mixture. It's just delightful and frothy, and has a nice head on it shoulders depending on how you pour it. A delicate touch of sweetness and the right amount of crispness to balance it out. They call it a dessert wine, umm not sure I would give it that designation, but it's great to pair with anything that's somewhat spicy, it would make the perfect compliment. Funny thing about it, is after drinking it you realize why they call it Talking Frog [burpage action] is what follows afterward. Wink-wink! SRP $18:00 Standard Tasting
My Recommendations: This is one of the "hidden gems" of the Temecula Valley wine scene and one not to be missed. So make an appointment and check it out for yourself, you won't be disappointed by the caliber of their wine or the friendliness of their staff and it's a great place to just sit back relax and sip on some winetastic vino. I really liked the 2004 Cabernet and thought it was best of what I tasted that day overall and would recommend getting a few bottles of the "Talking Frog" because at it's price point it encourages a case purchase. By the way I did purchase some Talking Frog to take home for myself.
Other Voices: Michael N. of Temecula had this to say, "This is a winery for aspiring and experienced connoisseurs or people that can tell good wine from great wine." and several International and National Wine Competitions Judges have awarded Briar Rose Winery 51 wine awards between 2007 and 2009 in local, national, and international wine competitions.
Okay I learned something new about finding aromas in the glass, check out the video and please tell me what you think, I know it's a bit noisy in the background, so you have to listen carefully. [I've never heard this any where else, but there seemed to be something to it]