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Even the most dedicated oenophiles might not recognize the Paicines AVA, but most have partaken of wine made from its grapes. The Paicines AVA is located within the larger San Benito AVA, in the heart of San Benito County. Although this small AVA does not have the benefit of elevation to moderate its climate, it is still affected by the last breath of cool coastal breezes, which have found gaps through the coastal mountain ranges. The climate is distinctly warmer than the neighboring Cienega, Mt. Harlan and Lime Kiln AVAs, but cooler than the Central Valley to the east. Paicines hosts the 500+ acre Vista Verde Vineyard, once owned by Almaden and currently by New York-based Dyson. The appellation produces a wide of variety of grapes that supply not only Dyson, but many of California’s largest and most prolific wineries. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)

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  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Arneis

    The first records of Arneis plantings in Piedmont go back to the 1400s in the Roero area. Today, many call Arneis the...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Donati Family Vineyard Paicines Cabernet Sauvignon 2012


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    Wine review by gmb468

  • Having homemade pizza on the grill... zucchini, mushroom, orange bell pepper, ... a 2009 Georis Cab France, Paicines.   It did pair very nicely with the meal.  A bit darker fruit than I like in a CF, but really good... earthy, mushroom, slight tobacco nose- getting blackberry and some green vegetal on the palate, followed by that tad of tobacc... Read More

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  • Donati Family Vineyard Claret 2010


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    Wine review by cahamilt14

  • Jacuzzi Family Vineyard Arneis Paicines 2009


    Quite herbal on the nose, with notes of sage and nettle over small white fruits all topped with noticeable alcohol. There are a lot of pollen aromas in the mouth here, and this does show some lovely dusty mineral notes and a nice core of lightly creamy citrus fruit,s but the alcohol intrudes on the finish. Not a big wine, but this does show some... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Donati Family Ezio Paicines 2008


    A nice loamy note greets the nose along with hints of graphite, mint and loads of cedar spice. This has a sweet/sour thing going on the palate with a bit of Tootsie Roll over the base of pomegranate and sour cherry fruit. Theres a touch of meatiness on the back end and a touch of wood tannin that emerges along with it. The fruit is red and fresh... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Donati Family Vineyard Red Bordeaux Blend Paicines Claret 2007


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    Wine review by WillMartin

  • Donati Family Vineyard Red Bordeaux Blend Paicines Claret 2007


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    Wine review by lefeb0

  • Donati Family Ezio Paicines 2006


    91 points.Deep, dark, and tight, the aroma of this wine gushes with blackcurrant juice. There is a clear, wet stone component mixed in with notes of black leather, driftwood, and an overall shadowy, dark forest quality.Just as tight and classic Bordeaux-like as the nose leads you to expect, this wine could almost be confused for a Left Bank blen... Read More

    Wine review by Tyler Worth

  • Donati Family Vineyard Sorelle Per Sempre Paicines 2006


    91 points.Blackcurrant, black plum, exotic wood and potpourri blend with lavender and Bing cherries on the nose. Forest herbs and wild flowers open up with a spin in glass to create a very inviting, lovely mix of aromas.Supple, smooth, and refined, this is a deeply silky, beautiful wine on the palate. Notes of lavender and black raspberry appear... Read More

    Wine review by Tyler Worth

  • Tal Padre From Donati Family Vineyard Paicines Red Blend Red 2006


    90 points.The aroma of Tal Padre is black olive toned with deep mineral driven soil components. Its foresty and earthy, with a moss and pine character that evolves into wild mushrooms and forest berries with a spin in the glass.Sassafras, blackcurrant, and dried raspberry introduce the palate. There is a hint of suede which carries with it a tig... Read More

    Wine review by Tyler Worth

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