Caliza - 2016 Azimuth
40% Grenache, 36% Mourvèdre and 24% Syrah, this is a succulent blend and emblematic of the Paso Robles terroir. A deep dark color is dense and creates an impression this will be a big wine. It IS! Aromatics display a meaty oak, with notes of cassis. Strong and lively blackberry and dark fruits burst on the palate and the oak treatment is evident with a tannic mid palate and shows a little of the dried meats from the nose here. The tannins and acid structure of this wine create a nice lengthy finish. Suggested pairings include, grilled rib eye, or tenderloin. Drink now through 2027
Caliza - 2018 Kissing Cousins
42% Viognier, 32% Roussanne, 26% Grenache Blanc This white Rhone blend demonstrates a Pineapple and Grapefruit nose - acid on the front of the tongue, when allowed to open a little palate thickens and provides pears, vanilla creme soda, and faint mandarin orange flavors. A relatively long finish makes this white blend good for bigger, meatier dishes. Suggested pairings include; Pastas with rich white sauces, or hearty Salmon. Drink now through 2023
Donati Family Vineyards- 2017 Reserve Mourvedre
Mourvedre as a single varietal in Paso has a place amongst the top tier grapes. This is a reserve wine for a reason. Intense flavors on the nose show charred wood from the oak treatment, when allowed to open in the glass we find a savory beef with a very ripe, blueberry pluminess. On the tongue, a ripe blackberry with plums and lovely structure goes along with oaky notes. Suggested pairing is BBQ Ribs or Chicken. Please decant and enjoy now, or hold through 2028
Field Recordings - 2019 Freddo Serve chilled. When the label text turns blue, you know what to do.
Now for Something Completely Different! 100% Sangiovese - 11.9% alcohol The wine is produced using carbonic maceration “Carbonic maceration is a winemaking technique, often associated with the French wine region of Beaujolais, in which whole grapes are fermented in a carbon dioxide rich environment prior to crushing.” Wikipedia. Traditionally wine is created by fermenting the crushed grapes and juice with yeast and oxygen. Carbonic maceration provides freshness and low tannins without sharp acidity. Lightly colored with medium body, the wine has cranberries and pomegranate which dominate the palate! Serve cold on its own or with BBQ, or at room temperature with pasta! Drink this summer!
Groundwork - 2019 Counoise
First time we have included a single varietal Counoise in the allocation. Beautifully aromatic violets, rhubarb, young but spicy, well structured & strong. It does get your attention. While it should be chilled a few degrees under room temperature and served it is very adaptable. Rose hip tea, cranberry, and pomegranate are palate pleasers. The finish is subtle but pleasant. I would pair with a lighter Spanish tapas menu of olives and various crackers, cheese or light appetizers. Drink now through 2022
Groundwork - 2019 Grenache Blanc
Fruit - Almost Sweet, Notes of Lemon and apricot are the aromatic components. Layers of white table grapes,& dried apricot dominate the mid palate, then wafting in towards the back of the palate we notice brie cheese playing in the background. Does not have a long finish on the tongue however the aromatics stick around, either way it is very friendly all the way down. Pair with a cheese and charcuterie plate on a warm afternoon. Drink now through 2022
Pianetta - 2018 Zinfandel
When first poured, aromas of bright red berry fruits burst out of the glass of this Zinfandel. In for a treat it is a lighter style Zinfandel with elegance and plenty of fruit on the palate. Gorgeous in color this Zin originated in a cooler climate year so has some pepper notes to go along with the red fruits.
Pastas with red sauce, or pizza are a great combo to connect with this Zin. Enjoy now through 2024
Straight Out Of Paso - 2018 Red Blend
The first blend we have included where the lion's share of fruit is Carignan, at 40% . The other varieties making their presence known are 25% Grenache, 25% Mourvedre, and some dark berry backbone from 10% Syrah. Sometimes Carignan heavy wines will be more medium bodied. This one however, will be quite a bit bigger. The addition of Mourvedre and Syrah add weight and round tannins along with dark fruits to a primarily red fruit profile. Aromatics on this are all over the place and it shows dense leather & earthy notes when first poured, but opens up to some plummy anise after being in the glass for a time. I would recommend pairing with a roasted Duck or dark meat from chicken or turkey would work well too. Drink now through 2027.
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