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Paso Robles

USA, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mandolin, Central Coast AVA, Hames Valley, Paso Robles, California, 2012

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N/ Round wafts of black cherry and cassis. Old, wet wood, forest floor, and granite. Hints of tomato leaf and paprika.T/ Medium full to full mouthfeel. Big, bold flavors of plum skin, black cherry, chocolate, and cassis. A few untamed, tannic, bites, but multiple layers and luscious fruits. She also, thankfully, has some clean lines […]

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WineMaker Spotlight, Winemakers, Steve Peck, J. Lohr Vineyards, Paso Robles, California, USA

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I spent three great hours with Steve Peck, red winemaker at J. Lohr Vineyards . We sat on the excellent winery deck and imbibed all the way through a setting Paso sun. We tasted some of the whites, which he does not oversee, and the reds, which he does. What a likeable gent. I stole a whole […]

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WineMaker Spotlight, Winemakers, Carl Bowker, Caliza Winery, Paso Robles, California, USA

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Last month I finally went to Paso Robles, a place that had been on my wine spit bucket list for years. The good folks at the Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance made a number of great suggestions regarding wineries to visit, some of which I knew of already, and some I had never heard of. Caliza Winery was in […]

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WineMaker Spotlight, Winemakers, Daniel Daou, DAOU Vineyards and Winery, Paso Robles, California, USA

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Bright, glowing white onyx imported from Mexico formed the gorgeous tasting bar that introduced me to DAOU Vineyards and Winery. Delightful taste treats of fine cheeses, home-roasted pistachios, quince and delicious, earthy green olives in their own oil were placed to my right. Daniel Daou approached, smiled warmly, and proceeded to not only wow me […]

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USA, Syrah, Reckless Moment, Clavo Cellars, Paso Robles, California, 2008

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N/ Black cherry taffy. Manzanita and cedar. Black and white pepper. Strawberry balsamic. Sage and wild herbs. Lovely, but this nose took some time to blossom, very much suggest you decant and wait at least an hour, preferably  three, before enjoying. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Bracing acidity deftly leads into dark black cherries, black fruits, and ripe […]

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USA, Petite Sirah, EOS Estates, Paso Robles, California, 2007

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Note: I enjoyed most approximately 2 hours after decanting. N/ Plums. Currants, black pepper, leather, burlap. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Puckering cranberry. Raspberry. Long, cedar and cranberry finish. Winemaker = Brian Strohmeyer Price = $18 (for 2006 vintage) at http://www.eosvintage.com Rating = B+ This wine was a media sample kindly provided by the winery.

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USA, Petite Sirah, EOS Estates, Paso Robles, California, 2006

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Note: let breathe at least 30 minutes. My bottle had a slight reduction that needed to burn off. N/ Black peppered confectionary. Sweet plums. Clean, warm oaks. Soft graphite. Game. Orange zest. Acidic sandalwood. Lovely! T/ Medium full mouthfeel. Plum, cherry, dark chocolate. Perfectly integrated wood work. Wonderful. Winemaker = Brian Strohmeyer Price = Just […]

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USA, Syrah, Vina Robles, Syree, Paso Robles, California, 2006

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NOTE: This seems another clear case of dreaded bottle variation. I suspect bottle number one had a slight closure issue which affected the wine.  Bottle two was what they intended. Fabulous. First Bottle Red Blend with 84% Syrah and 16% Petite Sirah N/ Lightly smoked plums. Hardwoods. Spring water. Slight dark chocolate. Slightly reduced. T/ […]

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USA, Syrah, Mitchella, Paso Robles, California, 2007

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N/ White pepper. Dried cherries. Rusty spring water. Flint. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Red berries. Tad chalky and fuzzy. Solid, but slightly lacking in complexity. Price = $22 Rating = B / B+ This wine was part of a “Syrah Smackdown” tasting event. This bottle kindly provided by the winery as a media sample.

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USA, Red Blend, Syrah, Tablas Creek, Paso Robles, California, 2007

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Red Blend of 90% Syrah and 10% Grenache. N/ Warm, dry gunnysack. Stewed cassis. Light river stones. Light white pepper. Tomato sauce. T/ Medium-full mouthfeel. Stewed plums and balckberries. Tad tannic. Light steel / rust. Big and bold, but balance seemed slightly off. Price = $32 to $40 Rating = A- This bottle kindly provided […]

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USA, Syrah, J. Lohr, South Ridge, Paso Robles, California, 2007

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N/ Dry forest floor. Cassis. River stones. Light black pepper. Very agreeable. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Medium-high clean. Medium black cherry. Tight woods. Price = $10 Rating = A This wine was part of the “Syrah Smackdown” tasting event and was the cheapest of the 10 wines tasted. Great quality for the price here!

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Another amazing blind tasting event – Syrah SmackDown

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Wow, another amazing blind tasting event yesterday with the San Diego Wine Mafia! The “Syrah Smackdown” consisted of: 10 excellent Syrahs = 5 from Paso Robles, California and 5 from Washington state (Red Mountain or Columbia Valley AVA); thanks for the majority of those wines & endless piggy parts and figs to @WineHarlots !; insanely […]

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USA, Red Blend (Sangiovese, Cabernet, and Merlot), Tesoro Winery, Trinita, Temecula, 2006

A red blend of: 67% Sangiovese, 22% Cabernet, and 11% Merlot Temecula winery, Paso Robles grapes. Note: No need to wait long after opening. Ready to enjoy in just 10 minutes. N/ Massive fruit bomb of strawberries and cherries. Warm oaks. Lovely barrel room. Lavender. Fresh leather. T/ Medium mouthfeel. Lightly candied cherries and plums. […]

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