Broadside Wines – Pure Wines from Paso Robles

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!
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)

*media samples

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Pairing Wine and Hot Dogs – Tablas Creek 2013 Patelin de Tablas Rosé

There is a good chance that most of us will be enjoying a hot dog or two at a BBQ this Memorial weekend as well as throughout the summer.  While a lot of people tend to reach for a beer with their hot dog, Rosé is also a really great pairing!  Look for a balanced Rosé that is dry with ample acidity so it will hold its own against the meat.

Tablas Creek 2013 Patelin de Tablas Rosé
Tablas Creek 2013 Patelin de Tablas Rosé

Tablas Creek 2013 Patelin de Tablas Rosé is an excellent choice to reach for whether you are grilling traditional hot dogs or sausages.  This blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, and Counoise offers tastes of strawberry, watermelon, citrus, and minerals with healthy acidity and a refreshing finish.  A perfect pairing with hot dogs! (14.1% alcohol, SRP $20)

For more info visit Tablas Creek.

 

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A Wine Pick from Paso – Paydirt 2010 Proprietary Red

When I come across an interesting, small production wine, you can be pretty sure it is coming home with me.  This is exactly what happened when I stopped by a local wine store last week.  A bottle of Paydirt 2010 Proprietary Red got my attention and ended up in the seat next to me on the drive home (still corked of course!).

Paydirt

Paydirt Wines is a project out of Paso Robles from Mac Myers and Patrick McNeil.  The 2010 Proprietary Red is a blend of Grenache, Zinfandel, Syrah, Mourvedre, and Petite Syrah with 1/3 whole cluster fermentation.  Aged for 18 months, this wine has 14.5% alcohol and can be picked up for around $30 a bottle. 

Tasting Notes

Lush aromas of dark and red fruit dominate the nose.  The palate is rich and ripe with tastes of blackberry, licorice, blueberry and spice.  Bold, indulgent and a great representation of Paso Robles.

Food Pairing Suggestions – Pair with casual food such as burgers, lamb chops or pizza.

My Wine Rating – B

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Trader Joe’s Wine Pick- Peachy Canyon Incredible Red 2010 Zinfandel

It has been a while since I have posted a new pick from Trader Joe’s but, to be honest, the wine I have tried lately hasn’t been too impressive.  Luckily, last week I found a bottle that I think is a good wine if you like a jammier red.  Peachy Canyon Incredible Red 2010 Zinfandel definitely did not disappoint for under $10.

About the Wine- From the Winery

Peachy Canyon Incredible Red 2010 Zinfandel is 100% Zinfandel from Paso Robles.  It has 14.9% alcohol and retails for $8.99 at Trader Joe’s in California. For more information visit www.peachycanyon.com

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

This Paso Zinfandel pours a ruby color in the glass.  The nose has sweet aromas of toffee and strawberry jam.  At first sip, you taste bright, jammy raspberries cherries, and strawberries.  As the palate develops, there are flavors of chocolate and black pepper.  The spice lingers in the medium-long finish.  Definitely well worth the $9…grab a bottle and give it a try!

My Wine Rating- B

Food Pairing Suggestions- Pair this Zinfandel with burgers, cheese pizza, or steak fajitas.

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Aging Gracefully- McClean Vineyards 2005 Syrah

I have been on a roll with wine from the Paso Robles region lately.  The bottle I uncorked last weekend from McClean Vineyards was no exception.  McClean Vineyards is a family run winery in Templeton.  The winemaker Michael, a highly decorated Vietnam veteran, focuses on making Syrah and seems to be doing a pretty good job at it. 

About the Wine- From the Winery

McClean Vineyards 2005 Syrah is 100% Syrah from Paso Robles.  It has 14.5% alcohol and retails for $40.  For more information see www.mccleanvineyard.com

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

McClean Vineyards 2005 Syrah has rich aromas of blackberry, tobacco, raspberry and a hint of smoke  Plum, blackberries, and dark cherries are combined with tastes of tobacco and a bit of sweet oak making for a nicely complex palate.  This wine has aged gracefully and is definitely worthy of being uncorked.  A perfect companion for grilled meats!

My Wine Rating- B+

Food Pairing Suggestions- Grilled sirloin, rack of lamb, or pork chops

*This wine was sent to me as a media sample

 

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Wine Wednesday Mini-Review- Domaine Degher 2006 Mojo

In rounding out my Domaine Degher tasting, I uncorked a bottle of their 2006 Mojo.  Mojo is a blend of 51% Syrah and 49% Cabernet that hails from their Paso Robles vineyards.  Mojo is distinctively different from the style and taste of the other two Domaine Degher wines I have tried.

Mojo’s nose is musty with notes of plum, leather, and oak.  The palate is earthy with flavors of blackberry, cassis, leather, and a hint of olive.  I recommend giving Mojo a little while in the decanter to open up before sipping.  An interesting Paso blend perfect with steaks, rack of lamb, or pork chops. (B, $42, media sample)

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Bold and Voluptuous- Domaine Degher 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon

In continuing my tasting journey through Domaine Degher’s Paso Robles wines, I opened a bottle of their 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon.  I haven’t had many Cabs from Paso (I am usually always reaching for a bottle of Grenache…an excellent choice from the region) so I was looking forward to trying this Central Coast wine.

About the Wine- From the Winery

Domaine Degher 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet from Paso Robles.  It was aged for 20 months in French Oak and has 14.8% alcohol.  Retails for $42.  For more information visit www.dwgwine.com

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

Domaine Degher’s Cabernet pours an intense, blackish-plum in the glass.  The nose intertwines aromas of oak, spice, and dark fruit.  This Cabernet has abundant smooth, dark fruit.  Voluptuous flavors of plum and blackberry are enveloped with sweet oak.  The peppery finish sticks around for a while, balancing out the jammy, fruit forward palate.  A nice Cabernet from Domaine Degher!

My Wine Rating- B

Food Pairing Suggestions- Pair this wine with a variety of stronger meats such as steak, duck, and venison.

*This wine was sent to me as a media sample

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Muscular yet Refined- Domaine Degher 2007 Red Zone

I had a chance to travel to Paso Robles about a month ago and was impressed with some of the wine that is coming out of the area.  Still on a Paso high, I was pretty excited when Domaine Degher, a Paso Robles winery, contacted me a couple of weeks ago and offered to send a few bottles my way.  The vineyards are organically farmed and the winemaker, Denis Degher, channels his passion for music into a beautiful symphony of wines.

About the Wine- From the Winery

Domaine Degher 2007 Red Zone is an unfiltered blend of Syrah and Cabernet from Paso Robles.  It has 14.5% alcohol and retails for $28.  For more information visit www.dwgwine.com

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

Red Zone has a rich nose of blackberries, black cherries, and oak.  The musty aromas make me want to sip my glass in a dimly lit study reading an old book.  The wine is robust and full of flavor.  Oak and dark fruit a surrounded by nuances of vanilla.  Muscular yet refined…a sophisticated blend worth uncorking!

My Wine Rating- B+

Food Pairing Suggestions- Pair Red Zone with steaks, veal chops, or roasted duck. 

*This wine was sent to me as a media sample

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A Rich and Food Friendly Blend from Tablas Creek- 2010 Patelin de Tablas Blanc

One thing I love about living in Southern California is the abundance of amazing Mexican food.  On a weekly basis, I am sure to enjoy fish tacos, corn and goat cheese tamales, or crab ceviche (if not all 3 🙂 ).  This being said, I am always searching for the perfect wine pairing.  This past weekend I stumbled upon a bottle of Tablas Creek 2010 Patelin de Tablas Blanc and it was the perfect companion for my ahi tacos.

About the Wine- From the Winery

Tablas Creek 2010 Patelin de Tablas Blanc is a blend of four White Rhone varietals- 50% Grenache Blanc, 33% Viognier, 10% Roussanne, and 7% Marsanne.  It has 13.5% alcohol and retails for $20.  For more information see www.TablasCreek.com

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

Patelin de Tablas Blanc pours a pale straw in the glass.  The soft nose has delicate aromas of pear and citrus.  On the palate, the wine is rich and smooth with tastes of grapefruit, lemon, peach, and stonefruit.  The wine finishes with lingering tastes of citrus and a nice hit of acidity.  I was really happy with the balance and intricacies of this white blend…a great wine from Tablas Creek!

My Wine Rating- B+

Food Pairing Suggestions- This wine pairs well with ahi fish tacos, grilled mahi with mango salsa, or a blackened chicken salad.

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A Paso Cabernet With Value and Class- Liberty School 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet under $20 can be a scary thing.  I have some bad ones…some really bad ones.  Thankfully, there are some great values out there and Liberty School’s 2009 Cabernet happens to be one of them.

About the Wine – From the Winery

Liberty School 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles.  It has 13.5% alcohol and retails for $12.  This wine should be fairly easy to find at local grocery stores and I have even seen their past vintages at Trader Joe’s.  For more information see www.libertyschoolwinery.com

Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine

Liberty School’s Cabernet pours in intense, blackish-plum in the glass.  The nose is sweet and attractive with aromas of blackberry, plum, and dark cherry.  The palate is full of fruit flavor with tastes of dark berries and plum along with notes of cedar and black pepper.  This Cabernet finishes long and dry, providing balance to its initially fruity palate.  This is a great effort by Liberty School…one of the better California Cabernets you will find at this price.

My Wine Rating- B

Food Pairing Suggestions- This Cabernet pairs well with a grilled sirloin, lamb chops, or chocolate truffles.

*This wine was sent to me as a sample for the purpose of review

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