This Week's Must-Try Wines from Vinous

Welcome to this week's Vinous Top Ten! Each week we compile a list of top ten wines from the Vinous database that you need to add to your wine wish list. With all the various regions, producers, and grapes, no week will be the same! All of the wines listed in this feature are available for purchase on Banquet . This week's must-try wines are from Josh Raynolds’ article Paso Robles Can’t Stop Winning . Enjoy an excerpt from his article and his notes for this week's top ten below! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ "At the risk of sounding like a broken record, 2017 yielded yet another exceptional harvest for Paso Robles. It’s the latest in a stretch of outstanding vintages that extends, unbroken, back to 2011, which was by no means a truly bad year. The best wines deftly combine richness and energy, with a balance of fruit and structure that is compelling." --Josh Raynolds, Paso Robles Can’t Stop Winning, February 2020 1. 13th & Third 2017 Lily 2. Bishop's Peak 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon 3. Booker Vineyard 2017 Oublié 4. Daou 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 5. Denner Vineyards 2017 The Ditch Digger 6. Herman Story Wines 2016 Bolt Cutter 7. L'Aventure 2017 Estate Cuvée 8. Law Estate 2016 Sagacious 9. Linne Calodo 2017 Problem Child 10. McPrice Myers 2017 Beautiful Earth Red

13th and Third Wines

Lily Grenache Blanc Blend 2017

Delectable Wine
9.0

Bright yellow. Ripe orchard and tropical fruit aromas are complicated by suggestions of lemon pith and honey. Smooth and fleshy in style, showing good depth to the juicy pear nectar, pineapple and melon flavors. Tightens up slowly on a long, silky finish that echoes the honey note. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, February 2020)
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Daou Vineyards

Reserve Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Delectable Wine
9.4

Brilliant violet. Pungent, mineral-accented cassis, cherry preserve, floral and pipe tobacco scents pick up a sexy vanilla quality as the wine opens up. Shows impressive depth as well as energy on the palate, offering sweet dark berry, cherry-vanilla and floral pastille flavors that become spicier on the back half. Finishes with excellent clarity and solid dark-fruit thrust, displaying harmonious tannins and lingering floral, vanilla and chewing tobacco notes. Aged for 20 months in French oak barrels, half of them new. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, February 2020)
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L'Aventure

Estate Cuvée Paso Robles Syrah Blend 2017

Delectable Wine
9.5

Opaque ruby. Expansive smoke- and spice-accented aromas of ripe black and blue fruits, vanilla and incense are complemented by hints of licorice and potpourri. Bright and energetic on the palate, offering penetrating blackberry, bitter cherry, blueberry and violet pastille flavors that become sweeter and deeper with air. Polished, harmonious tannins give shape and grip to an extremely long finish driven by sexy floral and spice notes. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, February 2020)
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McPrice Myers

Beautiful Earth Syrah Blend 2017

Delectable Wine
9.2

Opaque ruby. Highly perfumed aromas of ripe black raspberry, cherry, baking spices and cola; a floral note emerges as the wine stretches out. Juicy, silky in texture and appealingly sweet, offering energetic red fruit, spicecake and violet pastille flavors and a building mineral overtone. Finishes on a gently tannic note, with strong persistence and repeating floral and spice notes. 10% whole clusters and 5% new French oak. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, February 2020)
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Bishop's Peak

Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Delectable Wine
9.1

Shimmering magenta. Spice-tinged blackcurrant and cherry aromas are complemented by suggestions of candied lavender and cured tobacco. Offers sappy dark berry, bitter cherry, mocha and cracked pepper flavors that gain weight and turn sweeter with air. The long, penetrating finish features harmonious tannins and lingering spice and floral qualities. (raised in a 50/50 mix of French and American oak, 35% of it new) (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, February 2020)
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Denner Vineyards

The Ditch Digger Grenache Blend 2017

Delectable Wine
9.5

Brilliant magenta. Heady, mineral-laced red berry preserve, spicecake and floral pastille aromas are complicated by suggestions of smoky minerals, vanilla and exotic spices. Juicy, sharply delineated raspberry and bitter cherry flavors show superb concentration and turn sweeter with air. The sappy, extremely long finish is framed by smooth, slow-building tannins that fold effortlessly into the wine's plush, alluringly sweet red fruit. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, February 2020)
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Law Estate Wines

Sagacious Paso Robles Grenache Blend 2016

Delectable Wine
9.4

Vivid magenta. Pungent, mineral-tinged cherry, black raspberry, licorice and floral scents, backed by a building suggestion of vanilla. Deep and alluringly sweet, offering cherry and raspberry liqueur, lavender and mocha flavors supported by a spine of juicy acidity. Finishes impressively long and precise, with well-knit tannins and a strong echo of spice-laced red fruit. 40% new French oak. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, February 2020)
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Booker Vineyard

Oublié Red Rhone Blend 2017

Delectable Wine
9.5

Saturated ruby. Deeply perfumed, spice-tinged aromas of black raspberry, floral oils, smoky minerals and vanilla; a mineral nuance builds in the glass. Juicy and densely packed but energetic as well, conveying a suave blend of power and finesse to the sweet red and blue fruit, violet pastille and spicecake flavors. Delivers a serious punch but comes off lithe, showing outstanding clarity and floral drive on an extremely long, gently tannic finish. 45% new puncheons. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, February 2020)
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Herman Story

Bolt Cutter Cabernet Sauvignon Blend 2016

Delectable Wine
9.3

Opaque purple. Heady, smoke-tinged aromas of ripe black currant and cherry are complemented by suggestions of mocha, vanilla, cured meat and pipe tobacco. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering deep-pitched dark fruit preserve, cherry cola, vanilla and floral pastille flavors sharpened by a hint of cracked pepper. Gently chewy tannins build steadily on a very long, dark-fruit- and spice-driven finish that leaves a hint of espresso behind. 70% new French oak. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, February 2020)
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Linne Calodo

Problem Child Zinfandel Blend 2017

Delectable Wine
9.6

Bright purple. Highly expressive aromas of mineral-tinged dark berry preserves, incense and candied licorice are complicated by a sexy floral nuance. Smoky and seamless in texture, offering alluringly sweet black and blue fruit, spicecake and floral pastille flavors braced by a spine of juicy acidity. Finishes with outstanding clarity, mounting tannins and floral-dominated tenacity, leaving blue fruit and exotic spice notes behind. (Josh Raynolds, Vinous, February 2020)
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