This reposado is as good a sipper as many añejo tequilas out there. Vivid aromatics highlighted by freshly cut agave, Meyer lemon and a hint of gingery spice. The four months in Chardonnay barrels give this an intense mouthfeel, and the palate gets a real lift from a note of Key lime. Well balanced with fresh aromatics and the richness of the mid-palate, this is one to savor with friends.
As with many unfiltered wine & spirits, you may find sediment in the bottle, this is naturally occurring and should not alarm the drinker.
As the creator of such well-known wine brands as Orin Swift, The Prisoner, and others you’re no stranger to Dave Phinney. He’s been known to produce wines that have an extra layer of flavor, and as a blender extraordinaire he always throws in a little twist.
A few weeks ago we introduced you to his new whiskey and distillery on Mare Island called Savage & Cooke. The whiskeys have made quite a splash, their bold flavors enhanced by finishing in Cabernet barrels. Now, we’ve got something else from his playlist cued up. Enter Ayate Tequila.
Ayate is a partnership that evolved from a chance meeting with the family behind a small distillery who produce exceptional spirits atop the Jalisco highlands. Take that austere, high altitude grown agave, ferment and distill it traditionally and you’ve already got the makings of a spectacular tequila. The twist… well, these tequilas are finished in some of Dave’s Chardonnay barrels prior to bottling, adding a sheen to the color, a sensuous mouthfeel, and a hint of flavor – all in a sleek package that may remind you of some other, more expensive agave spirits. Your next great bottle of tequila is here.