Paso Robles is making a play for the most congenial home in California to sweet Muscat, under any name, and this wine shows why. It’s crisp and acidic, sweet but not cloying, and offers wonderful flavors of mangoes, papayas and honey-sweetened peach pie. Addictively good, and the alcohol is only 11.5%.
Everything comes together in this handsome Zinfandel, Sangiovese and Petite Sirah blend. A bouquet of dark raspberry and deep floral notes opens to a full palate of similar flavors with leather and black pepper accents. This has a lively tang on the tongue and a big finish, with mouth-coating but even tannins. This notable value may be consumed now, but will be…
What a fine job EOS has done with this softly rich, hedonistic wine from Paso Robles. It has flavors of berries, cherries, chocolate and earth, though they’re a little syrupy due to low acids. The wine is still flavorful, with firm tannins holding the center. Best Buy.
Novella’s best wine has been Petite Sirah, which thrives in the dry heat of Paso Robles. With a little Zinfandel and Sangiovese for complexity, this is a very dry, crisp wine, with deep flavors of cherries, plums, dark unsweetened chocolate, espresso and peppery spices. Should hold for at least 10 years.
The sweet flavors of honey and oranges make this wine taste delicious and generous. It could be crisper and have additional layers of complexity, but a little sugar goes a long way.
A useful wine that will play well against umami-flavored appetizers. It’s dryish to off-dry and crisp in acids, with pleasant pineapple, orange and vanilla flavors. The blend is Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Grenache Blanc.