L’Aventure Rosé 2011, $25
An estate rosé from a very well known producer in Paso Robles. This is the first time ever this wine has been available outside the winery. We got 3 cases and that’s it! This is a saignee style, free run juice, delicately tinted salmon pink and a blend of 70% Syrah & 30% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Lane Tanner Pinot Noir Bien Nacido 2009, $35
“Life is a journey.” This is Lane Tanner’s last vintage and then she is off to the next journey. Bien Nacido vineyard is in Santa Maria and Lane has been buying fruit from there for 20+ years. She is notorious for picking early to retain balance, elegance and structure. All the other winemakers usually note when Lane picks and pick their rows much later.
Baker & Brain Grenache 2009, $22
This young duo makes a very light, spicy style Grenache from a cool climate vineyard, Alta Loma in Monterey County.
Alta Maria GSM 2008, $42
This amazing vineyard is located on the West Side of Paso Robles and is planted to all Tablas Creek clones. Scott Hawley is the winemaker and also has his own label called Torrin. We only have a few bottles of the Torrin wines in the shop, but got a good allocation of Alta Colina which also just got a great review of 92 points in Spectator. The blend is 34% Syrah, 33% Grenache, 33% Mourvedre and there were only 334 cases made.
Hearst Ranch Cabernet Franc 2007, $28
These wines just keep getting better. Aside from being one of the major Bordeaux varieties, Cabernet Franc is one of the major red grapes of the Loire Valley in France. This Cabernet Franc is like chocolate covered cherries with just the perfect hint of green. This wine would be amazing with a big piece of steak.
Denner Mother of Exiles 2008, $62
Denner has been sold out of almost all their wines for quite some time. The Mother of Exiles is a Bordeaux Blend consisting of 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Petite Verdot and 10% Cabernet Franc. It is big yet very silky smooth with tannin that is well integrated. Although this wine will age well, it can be drunk now.