Masia de Yabar has a stunning location for a winery on the De Portola wine trail. Wilmer and Silvia Yabar came from Peru with ancestry in Spain and have wine-making in their blood. In 2004 they planted vineyards in Argentina with about 50 acres of Malbec and Torrontes and family members take care of the vineyards there. In 2007 they purchased the property in Temecula and planted Viognier, Cabernet Sauvignon, Garnacha, Tempranillo, Muscat, Cabernet Franc and Syrah Rose de Peru. The patio wraps around the property showcasing the stunning view. There was live music in the tasting room on the Saturday that we stopped by and the tasting room was busy but not completely full with lots of people out on the patio. They do have quick deli snacks available also. I did a tasting of their Rose, Tempranillo which had strawberries on the nose and the fruit warmed up in your mouth. The 2011 Tempranillo had tobacco on the nose and a touch of sweetness behind it. The tobacco rolls downs the side of your mouth. The 2008 Garnache had a lighter more floral nose with a warm influence and a hint of licorice, which was different and hard to pinpoint. I also got hints of herbs and white pepper and it had a medium soft finish. We then did a vertical of their Merlot’s. The 2011 was very smooth with herbs on the nose. This wine tasted young but has potential. The 2009 was richer darker and jammier. These seemed like 2 very different styles of Merlot. They also had sangria available by the glass. This is the perfect spot to return to in the summer and enjoy some sangria on the patio. Check them out at Masiadeyabar.com
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