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Golden color in the glass. Skunky and sulfur notes on the nose, alongside salted popcorn kernels. Toasted lemon. Savory style aromatics. Viscous and round on the palate, with a lot of nutty characteristics. Ripened guava and banana peel finish. One of the better Rhône whites I’ve had. Thanks for sending @Paul Treadway Huntington Beacher Bum ! — 2 days ago
Justin and Deborah Baldwin acquired their land in 1981 and planted 72 acres in vineyards that same year. Light straw with typical SB nose of floral with tropical & citrus fruits. On the palate pineapple and peach flavors with citrus and some herb notes. Crisp medium finish ending with mineral notes. Nice value! — 17 days ago
Needs time. Needs a LOT of time. Needs a vitamix. Or at least a decanter. This one pours like oil. Violet color. Purple and black fruits abound. Nutty, lavender, pie spice, hint of cinnamon. Finishes with stiff tannin. Will be best on day two. 95 points east, possibly higher in a few years. I think prime drinking for this is 2022. — 8 days ago
Dinner in downtown Paso Robles and trying to mix up a day of Rhône-style indulgence. This Cal-Ital hits you in the nose with smoky blood orange, actual blood, herbs, and lavender. For an ‘11 and a Cali wine, I expected it to be softer. This has massive structure, beautiful acid and very grippy tannins wrapping a lengthy finish. Paired nicely to a braised short rib and also to my wife’s lamb ragu. — 15 days ago
Dark black fruit nose. Pours deep. Full bodied wine. Blackberry, boysenberry, herbs. Middle has black tea and black fruit with espresso bean. Power. Finishes with a fair amount of toasted tannin, dark fruit and some nutty character. Expressive, and seems like it could go another 15 years or so. 2012 and tastes like a 2015. — 8 days ago
Keeping this review simple, as a day of tasting has blown my palette. Turley makes something like 30 single vineyard Zins. The Dusi, like their other Paso sites, is stylistically between the elegance of Contra Costa and the burly structure of their Napa mountain sites. This drinks well for being so young, searing acid aside. — 13 days ago