Category: California Rhône Blend

Booker Vineyard Oublie 22 2016 Paso Robles, California



This is a delicious GSM Blend from Paso Robles. Soft and smooth with nice complexity.

Showing a great nose, very flowery and complex.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, currants, light oak, spices, vanilla, light barnyard, peppercorn, tobacco leaf, chocolates, coffee, cola, earth and black tea.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This 5 year old is drinking very nicely now and will continue to age in the next 10 years.

Good right out of the bottle and better after 2 hours of airtime. Peaked after 3 hours, showing nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Thank you Scott for sharing this with me.

I paired it with a Charcuterie board. Very tasty.

A blend of 55% Grenache, 40% Mourvedre and 5% Syrah. Aged in French oak barrels for 22 months.

15% alcohol by volume.

92 points.

$85.

Notre Vue Estate Winery GSM 2019, Chalk Hill, California



Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim and medium intensity.

Fruity nose of black plums, black cherries, herbs, currants, earth, light barnyard, spices, light alcohol and crushed peppercorn.

Medium bodied with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, cherries, spices, licorice, tobacco leaf, dark coffee, peppercorn, earth and black tea.

Spicy finish with fine grained tannins, tangy raspberries and chili pepper.

This is a very tasty GSM blend from Chalk Hill. Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Nicely balanced and fruit forward. Rich and elegant.

Still young and needs a few years in the bottle to mature properly. However, it is dangerously good at this point. Easy drinking and good by itself or with food. Spicy and interesting.

Good right out of the bottle, and shows more complexity as it opens up (45 minutes).

I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend of 51% Grenache, 20% Syrah and 29% Mourvedre.

14.4% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$70.

Pomar Junction Vineyard and Winery GSM Crossing 2015 Paso Robles, California

A pretty color of dark ruby with a wide brick/ reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, red currants, cherries, sweet raspberries, oak, licorice, chocolates, tobacco, spices, earth, black pepper and light pencil lead.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with black currants, plums, cooked cherries, earth, oak, spices, licorice, dark coffee, pencil lead, tobacco leaf, herbs, light vinaigrette and black pepper.

Spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very interesting Rhone blend from Paso Robles. Elegant, spicy and good by itself or with food.

This 6 year old is peaking now with nice complexity and a soft mouth feel. An interesting wine, and very tasty.

I gave it one hour in a decanter to open up, and paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses. Goes very nicely with the Prosciutto and the wild mashroom Brie cheese.

A blend of 44% Syrah, 34% Mourvedre and 22% Grenache. Aged for 19 Months in (30% New) French Oak barrels.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$42.

Saxum Vineyards Broken Stones 2005 Paso Robles, California

Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Nice nose of black currants, plums, strawberries, sweet cherries, light wood, spices, coffee, dark chocolates, earth, cinnamon, eucalyptus and peppercorn.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, black currants, wood, licorice, light vanilla, chocolates, beef jerky, spices, dark coffee, pencil lead, earth, light vegetables, tobacco and peppercorn.

Long finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a great GSM Blend from Paso Robles. Showing great complexity with a nice mouthfeel.

Needs 3 hours to open up properly, but good after an hour of airtime. Tannins show up after 2 hours in the decanter.

This 15 years old is good by itself or with food. Feels more like a 10 to 15 year old, good quality, Right Bank Bordeaux.

Wine Enthusiasts 89 points (big miss).

Really enjoyed smelling on it for a while. Delicious and tasty.

Thank you Scott for sharing this with me.

A blend of 74% Syrah, 24% Grenache and 2% Mourvedre.

15.5% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$125 (current vintage)

Meadowcroft Wines River Trace Grenache Syrah Mourvedre 2017, Sonoma County, California

Dark purple in color with a wide purplish rim.

Light nose of cherries, black plums, currants, light spices, earth, licorice, light oak, vanilla and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, currants, oak, tobacco leaf, earth, bitter herbs, spices, black tea, coffee, light vegetables and peppercorn.

Nice spicy finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very enjoyable GSM blend from Chalk Hill, Sonoma County. Nicely balanced and spicy with mild complexity.

Easy drinking with a light mouthfeel, albeit the high alcohol, which is not noticeable.

Needs an hour to open up properly.
A good quality wine that I would like to revisit in 3 years to see how it evolved.

This Californian Rhône blend is a good wine to pair with food. I paired it with cheeses and olives, but it was really nice with the Parmesan cheese.

A blend of 65% Syrah, 25% Grenache and 10% Mourvédre. Aged in 30% new French oak barrels. A small production of only 120 cases.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

89 points.

$50.

Toca Madera Winery Toca Madera Vineyard Syrah/ Grenache/ Mourvedre/ Viognier 2015, California

Reddish in color with light intensity.

Pronounced and fruity nose of black currants, cherries, sweet raspberries, tobacco, spices, light oak, earth, leather, tobacco, peppercorn, herbs and light chocolates.

Medium plus in body and smooth, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with currants, plums, cooked cherries, raspberries, licorice, oak, earth, chocolates, peppercorn, tobacco, herbs, spices, coffee and pencil lead.

Medium plus on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty GSM blend from California. Well balanced with nice complexity. Showing a great mouthfeel. Soft, spicy and elegant.

Good right out of the bottle, but better with some air (30 minutes).

This Single Vineyard GSM is peaking now, and will be good in the next few years.

This is an easy drinking red blend. I always enjoy these new world GSMs. Feels like the Viognier is a nice addition.

I paired it with a cheese plate with dry fruits, crackers and fresh berries.

A blend of 55% Syrah, 17% Grenache, 15% Mourvedre, 13% Viognier. Unfined and Unfiltered.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$32.

Folded Hills August Red Wine 2017 Santa Ynez Valley, California

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

Fruity nose of bing cherries, blueberries, spices, barnyard, earth, vegetables, coffee and peppercorn.
Smells like a California Pinot Noir.

Medium bodied with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with blueberries, cherries, strawberries, light oak, spices, vegetables, herbs and black pepper.

Medium finish with soft tannins and cherries.

This Is a very nice Rhône blend from Santa Ynez Valley, in California. Nicely balanced with a nice and soft mouthfeel.

Easy drinking and fruit forward. Good right out of the bottle and good by itself or with food.

I paired it with cheeses and crackers, and was very nice with the Brie cheese.

A blend of 67% Grenache and 33% Syrah.

13.9% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$43.

The Grenachista Alder Springs Vineyard Grenache Noir Mendocino County 2016, California

Ruby in color with a wide reddish rim and medium intensity.

Fruity nose with blueberries, black cherries, sweet strawberries, wood, vanilla, licorice, cloves, spices, chocolates, dust, pencil lead, alcohol and black pepper.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and nice legs.

Dry on the palate with plums, cherries, strawberries, currants, vanilla, licorice, spices, oak, wet leaves, herbs, light vegetables, dark coffee, tobacco and black pepper.

Medium finish with soft tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a nice Grenache from Mendocino County. Easy drinking with mild complexity and a nice mouthfeel.

Lighter than I expected. Drinks very much like a good quality Côtes du Rhone.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up, and shows some structure and complexity.

This single Vineyard is showing more red fruits than their Dry Creek Valley Grenache.

A good wine to pair with food or just to sip on by itself. I paired it with cheeses and crackers.

13.8% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$48.

Austin Hope Winery Templeton Gap District Mourvedre/Syrah 2014 Paso Robles, California

Dark inky in color with a short purple rim.

Big nose of over ripe blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, raisins, dried fruits, cedar, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola, light alcohol, vinaigrette, graphite, bonfire smoke and peppercorn.

Full bodied, big and bold, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and extremely fruity on the palate with prunes, blackberries, black currants, sweet cherries, raisins, vanilla, cedar, licorice, cloves, tobacco, cola, chocolates, mocha, coffee, peppercorn, pencil lead and light vegetables.

Long finish with fine tannins and cherries.

This is a delicious Syrah blend from Paso Robles. Fruit forward with nice complexity and a great mouthfeel. A great sipping wine.

Good right out of the bottle and better as it opens up (30 minutes).

Still young and needs another few years in the bottle to mature and calm down. Might be too fruity for some.

I paired it with cheeses, dried fruits and light appetizers.

A blend of 50% Mourvedre and 50% Syrah. Aged separately for 26 months in 85% New French Oak barrels.

15% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$65.

Favia Erickson Winegrowers Rompecabezas 2013 Amador County, California

This is a very enjoyable Rhône blend from California. Nicely balanced with black fruits, earth, chocolates, black tea, licorice, wood, cloves, vanilla, spices, espresso, cola and vegetables.

Full bodied with medium plus acidity and nice legs.

Dry and fruit forward on the palate, with enough earth notes to make it interesting, with great complexity and a lively mouthfeel.

Great length on the finish with round tannins and a tangy ending.

Very enjoyable an earthy, for a new world wine. Feels like a nice young Châteauneuf-du-Pape.

This is a beautiful 6 year old blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre. Will drink very nicely in the next 3 years.

Good by itself or with food. I paired it with BBQ skirt steak.

14.8% alcohol by volume.

93 points.

$80.