Tag: Paso Robles

Optio Vineyards Inmesceo 2020, Paso Robles, California



Dark ruby in color with a wide reddish rim.

On the nose blueberry jam, black currants, plums, baked cherries, light oak, spices and light pepper.

Full bodied and soft, with medium acidity.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blueberries, currants, cooked cherries, light oak, spices, light alcohol, peppercorn, chocolates and light tobacco leaf.

Nice length on the finish with fine grained tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Mourvedre blend from Paso Robles. Easy drinking and good by itself. Feels like a Spanish Monastrell with a new world twist.

Better after 90 minutes of airtime, but good right out of the bottle as well.

Still young and will continue to age nicely in the next 5 years.

Already showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Tangy and rich. Fruit forward and smooth.

Good by itself or with food. Would pair nicely with burger and fries.
I paired it with a Charcuterie board of meats and cheeses.

A blend 50% Mourvedre, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Petite Sirah. Aged for 17 months in (15% new) oak barrels. A tiny production of only 63 cases.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$58.


Optio Vineyards Geneseo District Tempranillo 2020, Paso Robles, California



Dark ruby in color, almost inky, with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose of plums, cooked cherries, oak, light vanilla, chocolates, coffee, black pepper, pencil lead and herbs.

Full bodied and very smooth, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate and fruit forward with blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, oak, licorice, vanilla, herbs, light earth, cola, chocolates, tobacco, spices, coffee and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Tempranillo from Paso Robles. Still young, but already enjoyable, even by itself.

Shows great structure with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Spicy and rich. Opulent and tasty. Feels like a Napa Merlot.

Good right out of the bottle, but so much better after 90 minutes of airtime.

Easy drinking and good by itself. Will continue to age nicely in the next 5 years.

I paired it with a nice piece of Ribeye steak.

Aged for 17 months in (40% new) oak barrels. A tiny production of only 720 bottles.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$55.


Optio Vineyards Geneseo District Tempranillo 2020, Paso Robles, California



Dark ruby in color, almost inky, with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose of plums, cooked cherries, oak, light vanilla, chocolates, coffee, black pepper, pencil lead and herbs.

Full bodied and very smooth, with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate and fruit forward with blackberries, black plums, cooked cherries, oak, licorice, vanilla, herbs, light earth, cola, chocolates, tobacco, spices, coffee and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a delicious Tempranillo from Paso Robles. Still young, but already enjoyable, even by itself.

Shows great structure with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Spicy and rich. Opulent and tasty. Feels like a Napa Merlot.

Good right out of the bottle, but so much better after 90 minutes of airtime.

Easy drinking and good by itself. Will continue to age nicely in the next 5 years.

I paired it with a nice piece of Ribeye steak.

Aged for 17 months in (40% new) oak barrels. A tiny production of only 720 bottles.

14% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$55.


Booker Vineyard Ripper 22 Grenache 2016, Paso Robles, California


Ruby in color with a wide reddish/brick rim.

Beautiful nose of cherries, sweet strawberries, blueberries, black plums, cedar, licorice, chocolates, tobacco, herbs, earth, light vegetables, coffee, eucalyptus and Mediterranean spices.

Full bodied and smooth with medium plus acidity.

Dry and very fruity on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cooked cherries, oak, light vanilla, spices, tobacco, alcohol, peppercorn, espresso, chocolates, earth, light vegetables and pencil lead.

Long finish with fine grained tannins, cherries and red chili pepper.

This is a gorgeous Grenache from Paso Robles. Spicy and rich. Fruit forward and opulent. Just delicious.

Great right out of the bottle, and gets more complexity after 2 hours of airtime.

This 6 year old is showing great complexity now, and will continue to age nicely in the next 10 years.

100% Grenache grapes were aged in French Oak barrels for 22 months.

14.9% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$80.

Optio Vineyards  La Mar Vineyard Petite Sirah 2020, Paso Robles, California



Deep purple in color with a short purplish rim.

Full bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with nice complexity and mouthfeel.

Showing black currants, cooked cherries, plums, dried figs, tobacco, oak, spices, light vanilla, peppercorn and bitter herbs.

Nice length on the finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a tasty Petite Sirah from Paso Robles. Showing nice complexity, rich and concentrated.

This Single Vineyard is a nice sipping wine, big and bold. Good right out of the bottle and good by itself. Fruit forward, extracted and jammy.

Still young and would be better in a few years. Would be nice to revisit it in 5 years, and see if it calms down a bit.

In your face kind of wine, so not for the faint of hearts, with a teeth staining color.

Petite Sirah grapes were aged in (50% new) oak barrels for 17 months. A tiny production of only 660 bottles.

14.5% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$55.

Justin Vineyards and Winery Isosceles Reserve 1999, Paso Robles, California





This is a fantastic Cabernet Sauvignon based blend from Paso Robles. Easy drinking and spicy at this point.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity.

Showing red and black fruits with vanilla, licorice, cedar, earth, peppercorn, leather, tobacco, chocolates and coffee.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

Showing great complexity with a smooth mouthfeel. So pleasant and enjoyable by itself, and really gorgeous after 3 hours of airtime.

This 23 year old is not going to get any better with time, but it is delicious now. I just love these aged Bordeaux blends.

Interesting, elegant and rich. Fruit forward and extracted.

I’ve had a younger vintage of the Reserve a few years ago, and it is very consistent. Nice to see these quality wines out of Paso Robles.

Robert Parker 91 points.

A blend of 61% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc and 19% Merlot. Aged in French oak barrels for 33 months (60% new). Unfiltered and unfined.

14% alcohol by volume.

94 points.

$180.

Halter Ranch Vineyard Adelaida District Grenache Blanc 2020 Paso Robles, California


Pale lemon in color with a golden tint.

Strong nose of citrus, yellow and green apples, earth, limes and spices.

Medium bodied with medium acidity.

Dry on the palate with limes, grapefruits, citrus, green apples, river rocks, minerals, earth, spices and herbs.

Tangy finish with black pepper and almonds.

This is a nice Grenache Blanc from Paso robles. Crisp and refreshing. Fruit forward with lots of earth notes, that make it feel like a Southern Rhône White.

A good quality wine. Would be nice to revisit it in a few years and see how it evolved.

Good by itself and better with food.

A blend of 79% Grenache Blanc, 12% Picpoul Blanc and 9% Viognier. Fermented in a mix of Hungarian and French Oak barrels, and aged for 8 months. Only 950 cases produced.

13.6% alcohol by volume.

88 points.

$40.

Eberle Winery Paso Robles Muscat Canelli 1995, California

Light salmon in color with a golden hue.

Sweet nose of honeydew, peaches, honey, light earth, ripen citrus fruits, dried apricots, tangerines and light raspberries.

Medium bodied with medium plus acidity.

Off dry on the palate with strawberries, apples, pears, peaches, tangerines, spices and rose pedals.

Tangy finish with limes.

This is a very tasty and easy drinking semi sweet wine from Paso Robles. A nice surprise, as I didn’t expect much from it.

Nicely balanced with enough acidity to balance the sugars. Very enjoyable and aromatic.

This 27 year old is drinking very nicely now and will be still good in the next few years.

Needs a few hours to open up properly and show the complexity, so be patient.

At this point it has too much going on to pair with food, like spicy Thai food, and might interfere. Not sweet enough to pair with cakes, and better by itself as a sipping wine.

10.4% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$20 (current vintage).

Halter Ranch Vineyard Grenache 2019 Paso Robles, California


Purple in color with medium intensity and a wide purplish rim.

Fruity nose of blueberries, red cherries, sweet strawberries, herbs, wild flowers, spices, light metals and black pepper. Smells fresh and clean.

Medium plus in body with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry and fruity on the palate with blueberries, cherries, strawberries, herbs, spices, dark chocolates and peppercorn.

Long finish with round tannins and tangy raspberries.

This is a very tasty Grenache from Paso Robles. Easy drinking and good right out of the bottle.

Showing nice complexity with a nice mouthfeel. Feels like a fruity Gigondas.

After 30 minutes of airtime, tannins show up and bring good structure to the wine.

It’s easy to finish this bottle without even realizing, so watch out.

A great sipping wine. Spicy and interesting. Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years, and see how it evolved.

Good by itself or with food. I had it by the pool, and it paired very nicely with dried meats.

100% Grenache grapes were aged in concrete vessels for 16 months. A small production of only 12 barrels made.

14.2% alcohol by volume.

90 points.

$50.

Halter Ranch Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, California

It’s time to drink a Cabernet on this #FridayCabernetfix. Here is a nice one from Paso Robles.

Deep purple in color with a short reddish rim.

Fruity nose with blueberries, black plums, black currants, light cedar, licorice, vanilla, spices, tobacco, black pepper, dark chocolates and herbs.

Full bodied and elegant with medium acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, plums, cooked cherries, oak, tobacco, licorice, light vanilla, herbs, coffee, light alcohol, peppercorn, light earth and chocolates.

Nice finish with round tannins and tangy cherries.

This is a very tasty Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles. Showing nice complexity and mouthfeel. I always enjoy these Bordeaux blends. A good sipping wine too.

Good right out of the bottle, and better after 45 minutes of air time, when tannins show up and bring in more structure to the wine.

Would be nice to revisit it in 3 years and see how it evolved.

Good by itself or with food. Will pair wonderfully with BBQ Meats.

A blend of 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Malbec and 5% Petit Verdot. Aged for 16 months in (30% new) French Oak barrels.

14.6% alcohol by volume.

91 points.

$55.