Paso Robles, Central Coast

Justin Vineyards & Winery

Isosceles Reserve Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 1999

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This is a fantastic Cabernet Sauvignon based blend from Paso Robles. Easy drinking and spicy at this point.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Showing red and black fruits with vanilla, licorice, cedar, earth, peppercorn, leather, tobacco, chocolates and coffee.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

Showing great complexity with a smooth mouthfeel. So pleasant and enjoyable by itself, and really gorgeous after 3 hours of airtime.

This 23 year old is not going to get any better with time, but it is delicious now. I just love these aged Bordeaux blends.

Interesting, elegant and rich. Fruit forward and extracted.

I've had a younger vintage of the Reserve a few years ago, and it is very consistent. Nice to see these quality wines out of Paso Robles.

Robert Parker 91 points.

A blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc and 19% Merlot. Aged in French oak barrels for 33 months (60% new). Unfiltered and unfined.

14% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$180.
— 7 days ago

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ESF

ESF

This is one of the first serious red wines from Paso back in the day - great to see it holding up
"Odedi"

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Held up beautifully

Tablas Creek Vineyard

Côtes de Tablas Paso Robles Grenache Blend 2019

Haven’t had this in years. Delicious. Blackberries, silky, w smooth tannins and good acidity. Stood up to the grilled rib -eyes and garden mashed potatoes with Irish butter. Yes, still@counting calories - with a calculator — 12 days ago

Dawn, Vanessa and 6 others liked this

Brady Vineyard

Petite Sirah 2018

Deep purple color. Aromas of blackberry, black currant, allspice, vanilla and hint of licorice. Peppery, blackberry and freaking delicious for the price. — 11 days ago

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Trixie

Trixie

Classy photo!🍷
Severn Goodwin

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@Andrew Schirmer That stuff is a challenge to find, and if you do, it's priced like Grand Cru Burgundy....
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Love some Durif!

Optio Vineyards

Paso Robles Petite Sirah

Optio Vineyards San Luis Obispo Grenache 2020, California

Deep purple in color with a short purple rim.

Strong nose of blueberries, dried figs, raisins, oak, licorice, cooked cherries, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, light tobacco and black pepper.

Full bodied and smooth with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with stewed blueberries, cherries, oak, licorice, spices, chocolates, tobacco, bitter herbs and peppercorn.

Nice length on the finish with round tannins.

This young Grenache is drinking very nicely already. Spicy and rich.

Nicely balanced with mild complexity. Showing a smooth mouthfeel.

Good right out of the bottle, and better with airtime. Will continue to age nicely in the next 5 to 7 years.

Easy drinking and good by itself. I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

Grapes were aged in oak barrels for 17 months. A tiny production of only 3 barrels.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$58.
— 13 days ago

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Saxum Vineyards

Broken Stones Red Rhone Blend 2017

Shay A
9.5

My second bottle of Saxum Broken Stones to open, the other (2015) about 6-8 months ago. I wanted to open a Broken Stones as I made the Saxum list after about a 5yr wait, and Broken Stones is one of the wines I’m allocated. Thankfully I’ve been able to buy Saxum the last 5yrs or so from a friend’s allocation, so I can test out my taste preference before buying direct.

Compared to the 2015, this was so much more perfumed and ready to go. Wow! Brambly dark fruit, dark chocolate, potpourri, and a hint of smoked jerky. Deceptively nimble on the palate with great lift…blackberries, blueberries, violets, savory herbs, and sweet smoke. Texture here is hedonistic. Youthful, but less tannic than the 2015. Aromatics filled the room! Enjoy now with a short decant.

As an aside, I got to try this next to a 2017 Heart Stone and a 2017 Hexe (both included in this upcoming release), as well as a 2019 James Berry. I found the Broken Stones to be more purple fruit forward and supremely fragrant, the Heart Stone a touch more savory and red fruited, and the Hexe a total monster in regards to fruit and structure.
— 17 days ago

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Nice write up. Thanks.

Saxum Vineyards

Broken Stones Paso Robles Syrah Blend 2015

Shay A
9.5

Thought I posted this 6-7 months ago but evidently it didn’t go through.

While I’m still on the waitlist, I’m able to buy a few bottles a year from a friend. This is the first bottle I purchased back in 2017. I know it’s young, but I couldn’t resist any longer. I double decanted this for about an hour then consumed from bottle over the next three.

I’ve had most of the Saxum offerings, but I don’t think I’ve had Broken Stones before, yet it’s just absolutely killer like every other Saxum I’ve had. Deeply purple/black in the glass with aromatics of roasted blueberries and blackberries that are then dipped in dark chocolate, alongside smoked meat. I never know how else to describe it, but certain high quality Paso Rhône style blends have this airy/weightless-jammy flair to them, which I love…definitely present here. Coiled up at first but as the evening moved on, the layers kept unfolding with notes of charcoal, spiced dark fruits, cherry jerky. Perfect balance of acidity & tannin.

Best in 2-3yrs, but quite enjoyable with 3-4hrs of air now.
— 19 days ago

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@Paul T- Huntington Beach @Eric S : I’ve been fortunate to have many aged Saxums (the brother of the owners of Epoch is in my local wine group and brings plenty). What I’ve found is I love Saxum both young and old. I made the list after a 5-yr wait and tried quite a few today from some friends’ cellar and it reinforced my affection.
Bryan Kesting

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IMO 8-10 years is great. It really depends on the wine and the vintage. Consistently good!
Dawn E.

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Sounds delicious!

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Inertia GSM Blend 2019

Nice summer Red with bbq chicken 🐔
Needs a big decant at this time, don’t confuse this with Austin Hope pop & pour. This is built to last at least 10-15 years if not 20
— 2 days ago

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Tablas Creek Vineyard

Esprit de Tablas Adelaida District Mourvedre Blend 2012

10 years old…lighter in color, texture, tannin, the Tablas CdP influenced blend is in a very good point of it’s development. A touch of browning, the sweet viscus weight of this Paso blend has morphed into something thinner, more complex, more balanced., more nuanced, more interesting. Worked well with simple summer take-out pizza. I love Tablas… their entire program just keeps illustrating how to keep new world conditions and old world farming principles together. Kudos, to all the folks at Tablas and Beaucastle. — 11 days ago

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Fulldraw Vineyard

Interpretation Paso Robles Tempranillo 2017

MICHAEL COOPER DipWSET
9.2

For me this is the best wine they make and a rich and sumptuous #Tempranillo from #pasorobleswine — 5 days ago

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McPrice Myers

Larner Syrah 2018

Lovely Larner vineyard with violets and iron. Big fruit and long finish. Loved it. — a day ago

Ira, Shay and 4 others liked this