**Please note, this event will be rescheduled!**
All through March, Wine ConneXtion we will be featuring wines from the Paso Robles Region of California. This region has always played second fiddle to Napa Valley wines, but they have evolved into a wine region that makes some outstanding wines worth exploring for their quality as well as their value.
For those who may not know, Paso Robles wine country is an American Viticultural Area, or AVA, that’s located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles in San Luis Obispo County, California. Its location, enjoys outstanding grape-growing conditions where rich, fruity wines are the product mainly due to favorable soil and and weather. The area is well known for its heritage varietal Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Rhone-style wines. And many winemakers in Paso have taken advantage of this grape diversity by experimenting with varietal wines and blends.
Did You Know? Paso is California’s fastest-growing AVA, with more than 200 bonded wineries.
This Saturday’s tasting is all about great affordable wines that will undoubtedly make it to your table once discovered. That’s why we call these “Hidden Gems.” Read on to see the full wine list.
Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas Blanc 2017.
The 2017 Patelin de Tablas Blanc is intensely Rhone-like on the nose, with notes of honeysuckle, spiced pear, nectarine, spearmint, and sweet spice. In the mouth, it’s lush but vibrant with peach pit, honey crisp apple, and orange zest flavors, and a saline mid-palate. Bright acidity softens into creamy richness on the finish, leaving lingering flavors of sweet spice.
Ancient Peaks Winery Chardonnay 2018.
The 2018 Chardonnay presents exuberant aromas of tropical fruits with notes of honeysuckle, caramel, and hazelnut. The palate is smooth and resonant, unfolding with beautifully integrated flavors of pear, pineapple, peach, and citrus. Touches of lively acidity linger on a lengthy, seamless finish.
Ancient Peaks Winery Merlot 2016.
The 2016 Merlot opens with dusty aromas of boysenberry, black cherry, vanilla, and toasted oak. A soft, rounded texture delivers mouth-filling flavors of blueberry, blackberry, cinnamon, dark chocolate, and cola. Velvety tannins are finely integrated into a rich, chewy finish.
Ancient Peaks Winery Zinfandel 2017.
The 2017 Zinfandel presents heady aromas of plum, cherry, violets, vanilla bean and savory leather with a suggestion of baking spice. Juicy flavors of red and black fruits co-mingle seamlessly across a rich, expansive palate, revealing hints of wild berry jam, sage and cedar. Lively yet integrated acidity lends elegance to this otherwise powerful wine, carrying notes of black pepper into a long, balanced finish.
Four Vines Winery The Biker Zinfandel 2017.
Paso Robles Zins are bold, full-bodied wines with jammy fruit and pepper spice. Biker roars out of the glass with heady aromas of blackberry, black currant and spice. Flavors of wild bramble, sweet black cherry and jam follow while the finish is intense, layered and long.
Opolo Grand Rouge 2017.
Nearly all of Opolo wines are estate vintages, meaning that they are made from grapes grown by the winery. The central operation comprises of 98 rolling Westside vineyards in as idyllic a setting as the beautiful Paso Robles area offers. The climate here owes a great debt to the nearby Pacific Ocean. A unique blend of Counoise, Grenache, and Syrah.
True Myth Cabernet Sauvignon 2016.
Pure Paso Robles, this rich yet smooth Cabernet Sauvignon is loaded with elegant aromas of blackberry, blueberry, pepper, and cassis which lead to flavors of dark red fruits with hints of cedar spice, cocoa powder, and caramelized oak. These persistent flavors create a long lingering finish. While very accessible now, this wine will continue to evolve nicely for years to come.
We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday. The event starts at 1PM – 5PM.