Maxing out on grenache’s ripeness, this wine’s extraction makes for woozy aromatics of raspberry and rich red cherry. Its flavors are big and bold, with the flesh for mildly spicy fare, like paella. - Patrick J. Comiskey, Wine & Spirits Magazine
Tart black plum, pine needle and eucalyptus aromas converge on the nose of this bottling. That herbal line carries through the palate, with bay leaf giving an edge to the rich strawberry and plum flavors. - Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast
A lighter-styled, easy-drinking, fruit-driven wine with delicate flavors of strawberry, cherry, and bramble that finishes with surprisingly structured acidity. This lovely Rhone varietal has found a new home in Paso Robles as our soil composition, being predominately calcareous limestone, is similar to the Rhone Valley of France. The limestone helps bring out a chalky minerality in the wine .
The 2018 vintage saw an almost ideal balance of vine health and stress, as is often the case with the first dry year after a very wet one. The rain came late, delaying the onset of budbreak and the beginning of the growing season. The cool weather continued most of the year, punctuated by a six-week heat wave in July and early August. Temperatures moderated before picking began and harvest proceeded under slightly cooler than normal conditions, producing fruit with intense flavors and balanced acidity.