This wine is medium dark red in the glass and has a nose of strawberry and cherry, with an earthy element added to it -sort of a Beaujolais feel. The palate offers up brilliant cherry notes and a racy acidity, along with rather firm tannins. The oak treatment - only five months neutral - make this a great choice for backyard cookouts this summer. Don't be afraid to ice down this unusual grape. Valdiguié is almost extinct, I'm told. It was once called Napa Gamay. — 4 days ago
The only pinot I’ve ever had from Paso Robles, Jack Creek culled out a vineyard in the Templeton Gap that brings in enough cool air at night to make pinot work in a place you’d otherwise would never think should produce pinot. This one has some age on it but is still drinking really well (as opposed to the regular bottling which has lost a fair bit of steam). — 10 days ago
The 2019 Côtes de Tablas is medium dark in the glass, ruby red with a nice violet tinge. The nose delivers lots of fruit - strawberry, cherry, red currant - and delivers it in such a fresh manner. The fruit of Grenache, the power of Syrah, the structure of Mourvèdre and the wildness of Counoise work together splendidly. The flavors are fresh and bright, almost as if there had been no oak involved. It is almost surprising, considering the muscular grapes in the blend, that the wine has a light and elegant feel. The tannins are firm but not a bother, so pairing is easy without losing the sipping factor. — 14 days ago
This wine has a medium garnet tint to it, but is full red, not rosato red. The nose is amazing - there is a bit of raspberry, a touch of redwood and a hint of cinnamon. I don't recall ever smelling a wine like it. On the palate, again, amazing. Red berries of some sort dominate - like the kind we would pick along the railroad tracks in East Texas - and there is a mild tartness. The tannins are firm enough for those burgers from the grill and the acidity is refreshing. Chill this for your backyard barbecues and everyone will want to know what it is, and where they can get some. — 5 days ago
This small winery’s top bottling, Fire Sign is a blend of CS, Syrah, and Zin, all estate grown. And it certainly is the best in terms of quality - though the Grenache bottling remains my favorite.
Cassis, plum, raspberry, vanilla, roasted coffee beans, light menthol and hint of leather. Soft gentle entry and the flavors then expands on the mid palate with additional nuances of herbes de Provence. Round acidity and polished tannins.
The 18’ is sleeker and more luscious than the 16’. — 16 days ago
Very nice 100% Roussanne from Paso Robles.
Golden round fruit, grassy Paso terroir, with the structure of a barrel ferment. Fantastic and enjoyable now, but harkens for autumn notes of roasted Quail with wild rice stuffing with golden raisins, lavender, and fire roasted veg.
Enjoy over next three years, possibly more — 4 days ago
Six different grapes in this one 30% mourvedre, 22% zin, 13% syrah, 13% tempranillo, 12% grenache, and 10% petite sirah). It’s Saxum so it’s awesome by definition, but what blew me away was that it was pretty aproachable right away…but was still drinking great after we set a little aside in the fridge for 5 days! Don’t know how Justin does it, but I’m glad he does! — 10 days ago