Value priced wines are an often overlooked segment of the wine world, yet, questions about sub twenty buck wines are the most frequent I get. It can be tough. There are a lot of bad wines out there in the lower price ranges. So, when I got to taste the wines from Austerity, I knew they were wines I could direct curious listeners to. It’s hard to find good quality, distinctive, wines in the sub $20 range. But Steven DeCosta is creating just that. I met with him to talk about the challenges of making these wines, how he provides great quality while maintaining value prices, and of course to taste some delicious wines.
Steven DeCosta, Winemaker, Austerity
2016 Austerity, Arroyo Seco, Chardonnay
Aromas of apple, pear and hints of wood. Medium weight. Flavors of golden delicious apple. are balanced by moderate acidity, a bit of creaminess and hints of minerality.
2016 Austerity, Santa Lucia Highlands, Pinot Noir
Aromas of Cherry and fresh herbs give way to cedar notes. On the palate fresh cranberry and pomegranate flavors are balance by earthy notes and flavors of fresh savory herbs. Fine tannins and fresh acidity balance out this easy drinker.
2014 Austerity, Paso Robles, Cabernet Sauvignon
Ripe red fruit aromas are rounded out by notes of sage, green olive and vanilla. On the palate flavors of red cherry, cocoa and anise are given structure from fine tannins and balance with moderate acidity followed by a spicy finish.