The Paring

Santa Ynez Valley Red Blend

9.14 ratings
9.12 pro ratings
Santa Ynez Valley, Central Coast, California, USA
Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Franc
Onion, Shallot, Garlic, Pasta, Venison, Tomato-Based, Potato, Pork, Chocolate & Caramel, White Rice, Mushrooms, Beef, Lamb, Chili & Hot Spicy, Salami & Prosciutto, Exotic Spices, Baking Spices, Herbs, Chicken, Pungent Cheese, Turkey, Soft Cheese, Beans & Peas, Hard Cheese, Duck, Blue Cheese, Onion
Top Notes For
Jonathan Wall

Apparently Jonata fruit that is baby or slightly off the value plot. Makes this a relative bargain. It was tight and not showing much at first. Tasted over 3 nights it got more expressive.

Apparently Jonata fruit that is baby or slightly off the value plot. Makes this a relative bargain. It was tight and not showing much at first. Tasted over 3 nights it got more expressive.

Sep 3rd, 2019
Jayme Henderson-Steese

Awesome for the price-point. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, PV, and Cabernet Franc blend with good structure, chalky, velvety tannins. #2011 #redblend #cabernetsauvignon #theparing #california

Awesome for the price-point. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, PV, and Cabernet Franc blend with good structure, chalky, velvety tannins. #2011 #redblend #cabernetsauvignon #theparing #california

3 people found it helpfulFeb 26th, 2015
Taddy mac

The Pick of the litter of wines I am showing off this week...an affordable Bordeaux-based blend with some clear California notes. Twenty-two months oak, 55% new but by no means "oaky"...Tends towards the darker fruits, a pleasure to drink and I suspect it will be for some time to come...

The Pick of the litter of wines I am showing off this week...an affordable Bordeaux-based blend with some clear California notes. Twenty-two months oak, 55% new but by no means "oaky"...Tends towards the darker fruits, a pleasure to drink and I suspect it will be for some time to come...

1 person found it helpfulOct 13th, 2015
Josh Lavis

Fine Wine Consultant The Country Vintner, member of The Winebow Group

9.3

Really dig this wine. Tons of dark fruit, weight and just the right balance of tannin and acid. As the name suggests great with food.

Really dig this wine. Tons of dark fruit, weight and just the right balance of tannin and acid. As the name suggests great with food.

1 person found it helpfulDec 13th, 2014
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9.2

The 2012 Red Wine is superb. Supple, radiant and expressive, the 2012 graces the palate with exquisite dark fruit, mocha, plums, spices, raspberry jam and dark spices. Readers will have a hard time keeping their hands off this supremely delicious Cabernet Sauvignon-based red. The 2012 Red Wine is easily one of the very best values readers will find in California. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous)

The 2012 Red Wine is superb. Supple, radiant and expressive, the 2012 graces the palate with exquisite dark fruit, mocha, plums, spices, raspberry jam and dark spices. Readers will have a hard time keeping their hands off this supremely delicious Cabernet Sauvignon-based red. The 2012 Red Wine is easily one of the very best values readers will find in California. (Antonio Galloni, Vinous)

Dec 28th, 2016
Jordan Gianelli

This puppy should've been popped a few years earlier. Fading freshness and slightly raisined. Great value but please don't age this bottle any longer!!!

This puppy should've been popped a few years earlier. Fading freshness and slightly raisined. Great value but please don't age this bottle any longer!!!

Nov 23rd, 2015
Mandi Speidel

City Territory Chicago, Maverick Wine Company

9.0

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May 22nd, 2015
Andrew Lampasone

Owner Wine Watch Selections

9.3

Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet franc merlot petite Verdot Sangiovese and Syrah

Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet franc merlot petite Verdot Sangiovese and Syrah

Oct 14th, 2013
Ray Vanderhoff

Bordeaux Blend from the same team that offers Jonata Wines. Dark purple color. Aromas of black currant and blackberry along with pencil shavings, dried herbs and a hint of violets. Earthy tobacco and black fruit flavors with a hint of cola. Luscious with big chewy tannins and long earthy finish. Bold, but this wine still has some finesse. Needs a decant.

Bordeaux Blend from the same team that offers Jonata Wines. Dark purple color. Aromas of black currant and blackberry along with pencil shavings, dried herbs and a hint of violets. Earthy tobacco and black fruit flavors with a hint of cola. Luscious with big chewy tannins and long earthy finish. Bold, but this wine still has some finesse. Needs a decant.

Mar 8th, 2020
David Walser

This is one of the rare BYOB restaurants in Houston. The ambiance is lacking a bit but the food is awesome. Not remembering my previous ratings on this wine. I think I would have enjoyed more when it was younger. Not very complex tonight. Do it yourself corkage is $8. I brought my own glasses.

This is one of the rare BYOB restaurants in Houston. The ambiance is lacking a bit but the food is awesome. Not remembering my previous ratings on this wine. I think I would have enjoyed more when it was younger. Not very complex tonight. Do it yourself corkage is $8. I brought my own glasses.

Jan 27th, 2020