Donati Family Vineyards – 2012 Merlot Retail: $25.00 / Wine Club: $21.25
An excellent example of a classic Merlot. Heady tannins and firm structure on opening the bottle settle down and mellow into a great food wine. Aromas of coffee and cocoa lead to the usual classic cherry and cassis notes on the palate. Like most wine produced these days it can be consumed now with 1 -2 hours of decanting suggested. Easy to hold on to, this wine will age really well. Drink now through 2025
Espana Robles – 2012 Red Retail: $30.00 / Wine Club: $25.50
Tempranillo and Grenache – Temptation and Satisfaction when you give them time to get together. Another wine in this shipment which needs some time to mature and satisfy the most discerning of palates. A wine which will go with big food flavors and consider including fat rich meats and cheeses. Bold Blackberry, and black cherry flavors are highlighted. Even a sweet yet coquettish strawberry can be faintly tasted when you give the wine a good dose of decanting. Drink now through 2023.
Espana Robles – 2013 White Retail: $29.00 / Wine Club: $24.65
Spring Time! A crisp clean white for your poolside pleasure! Albarino is a originally a Spanish planting only recently (last 15 - 20 years) planted here on the central coast. This aromatic wine has plenty of fruit; think peaches, and granny smith apples, a little honeydew on the back end shows how long lasting hot days during the growing season will add a little complexity! Grilled chicken breast sliced and covered in a rich white sauce would make a really nice pairing for this wine. Drink now through 2016
Per Cazo –2012 Zing Retail: $31.00 / Wine Club: $26.35
It has a Zing! Spicy but balanced, enjoyable and thought provoking! It could be called a Grenache all by itself however the completely unusual blender, Zinfandel, really steps up the fun and intrigue in this wine. Raspberry’s stand up and a velvety soft blackberry undertone flow toward a midrange depth with a satisfying finish. 80% Grenache, 20% Zinfandel. Drink now through 2017.
Per Cazo – 2013 Chenin Blanc Retail: $27.00 / Wine Club: $22.95
This is the first Chenin Blanc we have ever included in the Paso Robles Wine Club. It is a unique variety and no more than a handful are produced from Paso Robles grapes. This one is an approachable, lively but gentle, beautiful wine. On the palate, melons and apples with a crispness indicating its acids are steady and present, they are modified by the expert use of oak barrels during production. This is a white wine which, while drinkable now, can age for years very nicely. If allowed to do so, the lively melon on the palate will likely morph into a more honeyed arrangement and the crisp apples will gentrify somewhat into a sweeter and gentler apple or pear like profile. Drink now through 2020 – possibly longer; so few Chenin Blanc’s come from Paso it is difficult to say how long it will hold.
Proulx – 2011 Dimples Retail: $40.00 / Wine Club: $34.00
This is a true Paso Robles blend of savory dark fruit and bright berries shows the lush ripeness and softness of the regional character where the grapes are grown. Dense, blueberries, black cherries, a hint of strawberry, and plums provide the fruit for a happy palate. Balanced oak with a café chocolate connection offer a wide mouthfeel and stability to the wine. Mostly Syrah and Grenache, this is a blend which includes 4 other distinctive Paso varieties for balance and structure. Drink now through 2016
Stephen Ross – 2013 Dusi Zinfandel Retail: $32.00 / Wine Club: $27.20
When you think of Paso Robles Zinfandel one of the immediate vineyard sites is or should be the Dusi Ranch. Stephen Ross does this vineyard justice. Big Raspberry fruit is displayed on the forefront of the palate along with the ripe cassis aromas. The jammy tones continue into a spicy midpalate with a rosy and lightly plummy finish. A mouthful of fruit with the smallest sip of this wine is what Zinfandel and particularly the Dusi Ranch Zin are known for. Do not let this one go unopened through the summer! Drink now through 2017.
Zenaida Cellars – 2012 Grenache Retail: $32.00 / Wine Club: $27.20
Sourced from 3 vineyards in Paso Robles this Grenache is 100% varietal. The fruit is bright with intense strawberry and violets with rhubarb notes. Floral aromas and leather undertones are dominated by ripe berry fruit. Oak treatment was limited to 15 months in large format barrels, and was used on all of the vineyard lots in this bottling. This wine is covered with a screw cap but don’t let that fool you. This Grenache is outstanding! When we went through a recent tasting at a Rhone Rangers event we tasted at 15 wineries. This was one of the first 3 wines we tried. It definitely made an impression. We continued to compare the other wines that day to this one. When we went back to try it another day at the winery we easily verified how good this is. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do! Drink now through 2017