This wine is nearly full-blown Mourvèdre, so it's dark. It's rich, too, with a nose of cassis and blackberries shrouded in smoke and tobacco. It's fragrant to a fault, if such a thing exists. The palate is beautiful, with deep, dark fruit and savory herbs bursting at the seams. The tannins are there, but are surprisingly tame. That's all the better for sipping. This is a wonderful wine with a bounty of aroma and flavor and a near-perfect touch of oak. — 2 days ago
At an Alta Colina winemaker dinner last night (thanks Maggie Tillman!) we opened the 2015 of this Syrah. It was a beautiful wine grown on a north facing hillside in Paso. This one just three years older really revealed where that 2015 will hopefully go. The 2012 was more integrated and the richness of its flavors more developed. The Tillman’s make a beautiful wine! — 21 hours ago
In 1978 Chuck Hope left his job in beverage distribution, moved to Paso Robles, became a farmer, & with time became a top grape grower. Working with his father, Austin led the family into winemaking in ‘95, creating his label in 2000. Paso Cabs vary in quality, this one is great! Deep Ruby, aromas of sweet ripe black fruits & dried spices. Flavors of ripe blackberry, sweet cacao, espresso & vanilla oak. Big wine, firm tannins that needed 45 minutes, lingering fruit finish. The 15% ABV was not an issue — 7 days ago
2011 Vintage. 15.5% alcohol. 90% Grenache, 10% Syrah. Now we’re talking, a 2011 standout. Bright full fruit nose and palate. A shame that lawyers got involved and now the winery is TH Vineyards. This must have been the first volley to put “Terry Hoage Vineyards is not affiliated with Hogue wines or with the Hogue Cellars” on the back label. Not even as close as Foley Estates in Paso and Robert Foley Vineyards in Napa. — 14 days ago
A pretty color of dark ruby with a wide reddish rim.
Fruity on the nose with cherries, blueberries, red currants, wood, red candy, spices, licorice and black pepper.
Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and long legs.
On the palate, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, wood, earth, graphite, spices, herbs, light vegetables and light black pepper.
Medium finish with fine grained tannins and tangy pomegranates.
This is a nice Zinfandel from California. Not fully balanced, yet enjoyable by itself or with food. Still young and needs another few years to mature. Showing elegance with nice complexity.
Not as fruity as I expected from a California Zinfandel. Very high in alcohol, but it's not noticeable at all, so watch out... This Single Vineyard Paso Robles Zinfandel needs an hour to open up properly and show some tannins. I used the VSpin for about 10 minutes.
15.7% alcohol by volume.
$60. — 15 days ago