MY FAVORITE WINES FROM PASO ROBLES, CALIFORNIA
Below is the list of some of my favorite wines from Paso Robles – only 3 ½ hours north of Los Angeles!
I have been going there for years and clearly remember my first visit. I was invited to stay in Paso at Justin Winery Inn back in 1994 since I was pouring their wines by the glass on my wine list. During that first visit, I learned so much! I tasted Chardonnay from various barrels with different yeasts and grapes from vines in low areas to on top of the hill – and tasted the variation of the grapes from separate parts of the same vineyard. At that time, that area of wine country was still young with only a few wineries – boy has it changed!
Winemakers from around the world discovered that the soil and climate is very similar to Rhone Valley, France, and decided to give it a shot! The results are in, folks – Paso is on the world wine map… making some world class wines (in my opinion anyway)!
Tablas Creek “Cotes de Tablas” Paso Robles, Rhone Blend 2014
Grenache, Syrah, Counoise and Mourvèdre grapes are perfectly married in this Rhone blend! Full bodies wine, purple color, tons of fruit and a bit higher on the alcohol level, close to 15%! Perfect with Lamb! This wine is close to $40 but they have less expansive bottling as well… “Patelin de Tablas” comes to my mind!
Chef Kamil’s rating… 7 stars out of 10
Saxum ” James Berry Vineyard” Paso Robles Blend 2010
This is a power house but it does come with steep $120 price tag but crazy good! This wine is blend of 3 Rhone varieties, Syrah, Grenache and Mourvèdre! This wine is structured in layers, upon layers of flavors making this wine worth the price tag! Due to its tennis, my belief is that this wine will age for another 10 years!
Chef Kamil’s rating… 9 1/2 stars out of 10… almost perfect!!
Herman Story “Milk & Honey” Paso Robles Red Blend
This is what I call “Kitchen sink blend” …the list of grapes in this blend is
loooong!!! Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre and Petit Verdot…now that is one crazy blend but the end result is a fun wine with great textures and a lot going on! Tan is grabbing due the presence of Tempranillo but it is balanced! Well done! $40
Chef Kamil’s rating: 7 stars out of 10