I recently had the chance to join in on a live Brandlive tasting with Stephanie & Brian Terrizzi, founders of Paso Robles winery Broadside. Broadside focuses on producing wines that offer true varietal expression, which means they make the wines naturally, use no new oak, and focus on sustainable farming techniques. Stephanie is a leading bio-dynamic/organic viticulturist in Paso who oversees the vineyard operations at Broadside while Brian is the winemaker.
Broadside produced its first vintage in 2006 and has since grown to making 20,000 cases annually. Our tasting lineup included 2014 Broadside ‘Wild Ferment’ Chardonnay, 2013 Broadside Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 Broadside Margarita Vineyard Merlot, and 2013 Broadside Margarita Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon. The overwhelming consensus of the evening was that the wines are bright & balanced and the QPR is exceptional (all wines retail for $25 or less). Here are my tasting notes from the event:
Our Broadside lineup!
2014 Broadside ‘Wild Ferment’ Chardonnay (SRP $20)
Broadside’s “Wild Ferment” Chardonnay offers pure notes of pineapple, pear, and spice along with hints of minerality. With excellent texture and mouthfeel, it was universally well-received by everyone joining in on the tasting. (13.5% alcohol)
2013 Broadside Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $18)
Tastes of plum and blackberry are coupled with hints of black pepper and tobacco. Simple yet balanced and very enjoyable for under $20. Definitely allow this wine a few hours to open up before sipping. (13.9% alcohol)
2013 Broadside Margarita Vineyard Merlot (SRP $22)
Broadside’s Margarita Vineyard Merlot has lush tastes of dark chocolate, rich fruit, cedar, and minerals. Definitely fruit forward yet with enough finesse to make it incredibly enjoyable. This is undoubtedly the best Merlot I have had from Paso Robles! (14.2 % alcohol)
2013 Broadside Margarita Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $25)
Well-structured with notes of black cherry, ripe plum, black currant, and black pepper. This wine is smooth, bright, and could easily stand up against many competitors at $50+ a bottle. Give this bottle a couple of years in the cellar for an even more enjoyable experience! (14.4% alcohol)