I don’t mean to sound like Donald Trump, but damn it, people, I called it!
I’ve been writing for a while now about the incredible quality of Bordeaux blends from Paso Robles, especially the last few vintages, which I’ve been tasting since they were still in barrel. (You can check out my rather technical rave in the August/September 2015 edition issue of The SOMM Journal. It’s pdf only online.)
Essentially my message has been “Sweet Jesus, they’re great! Fundamentally different from yet equal to what’s coming out of Napa these days. And an incredible bargain too.” Have your doubts? The best of them are a fraction of what the big boys from Napa are charging. For example, cult winery Ovid just announced its newest wine, the 2013 Hexameter Cabernet Franc, is selling for — are you sitting down? — $285 per bottle. Even for precious Pritchard Hill, that’s a lotta green, especially for a lesser Bordeaux varietal. You’ll find even the best Bordeaux houses in Paso charging $50 or so for quality wine.
(Above is the view from beautiful Daou Vineyards, where two billionaire French brothers are making some of the finest Bordeaux in California in a hilltop winery the looks like frigging Versailles.)
OK, so I wasn’t the first one on the Paso Bordeaux bandwagon. They grow a lot of it there, and Dr. Stanley Hoffman was making great Cab in the region a half-century ago.
But the wide world hasn’t really noticed, until now.
In the latest issue of Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, Paso Robles CAB Collective (PRCC) members were awarded dozens of scores well above 90 points for their red Bordeaux-style wines, including 98 points and 96 points for DAOU Vineyards & Winery’s 2013 Patrimony and 2013 Soul of a Lion; 92 points for Adelaida Vineyards & Winery’s 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature Viking Vineyard; Ancient Peaks Winery’s 2013 Oyster Ridge Margarita Ranch; 93 points for The Farm Winery’s 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon Cardinal; and 91 points for J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines’ Cabernet Franc-based 2013 Cuvée St. E, among many more.
Want to check out these big red beauties yourself? There’ll be a major tasting next month at the new Allegretto Vineyard Resort just east of Paso (it’s sort of a Boomer fantasy take on a Tuscan villa). More than 75 wines from the 22 members of the Paso Robles CAB Collective will be poured as you come face-to-face with winemakers on Friday, October 14th from 4 to 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here: www.pasoroblescab.com/events/cabs-of-distinction-grand-tasting.
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