This dry-farmed, small-batch wine offers dark purple-fruit aromas alongside spicy spearmint notes and a bit of unique nuttiness. It’s fleshy, with ollallieberries and plum-skin flavors on the palate and a fresh fennel herbalness giving licorice grip on the close.— M.K.
California rosé is awfully hard to get right. It’s usually too sweet, too heavy or both. With this Grenache-Cinsault blend, Minassian-Young knocks it out of the park. The wine is dry, delicate, modest in alcohol, and complex, with subtle peach, rosehip tea, orange zest, watermelon and spice flavors. A great bargain…— S.H.
An interesting wine that’s far more subtle than the price suggests. Blended from Roussanne and Grenache Blanc, it displays a complex balance of fresh fruits, herbs, cashews, smoked meats and vanilla, while remaining lively in acidity and fundamentally dry. Easily the best white wine yet from Minassian-Young.— S.H.
Just delicious, a blend of Syrah, Mourvedre and Grenache that shows how well Paso Robles can make these Rhône reds. The wine is soft and voluptuous, with complex flavors of blackberries, cherries, raspberries, milk chocolate, licorice and cinnamon spice. Finishes long and rewardingly dry.— S.H.
A lively, dynamic take on the grape, this shows rich and spicy aromas of Asian plum sauce, smoldering sagebrush and tobacco. The palate is thick and chewy yet refreshing, offering dried strawberry, stewed cherry and truffle. Drink now.— M.K.
What a great Zinfandel this is. It’s lusty and hearty, just the way you want a Zin to wash down barbecue, but it also has balance and even elegance, despite the high alcohol. The ripe blackberry and cherry flavors are jammy, complexed with spicy tobacco and chocolate, and a pure finish of cassis.— S.H.
This variety hails from the Madiran region of France. The name suggests the wine’s most pronounced feature, its tannins. They’re tough, but sweet and ripe, and will play well now against rich barbecue. The flavors themselves are spicy, suggesting raspberries, black pepper and grilled meat. A good, sound, interesting…— S.H.
This dry-farmed whopper of a wine, which is boosted with 10% Counoise and 10% Mourvèdre, offers rich aromas of blueberry, pine sap and mushrooms. It proves tremendously lush on the palate, with jammy, ripe fruit, picking up tannins and a tiny bit of acidity to approach balance in the midpalate. It’s for those who…— M.K.