Hello! I turned 21 not too long ago and was definitely determined to visit California vineyards/wineries. I decided on Paso Robles due to a family friend's recommendation. I drank wine before 21 (of course) and it was this friend that showed me them... For holidays and such she'd bring out wine to have. I don't remember too many, but I remember my favorite at the time was an Apple Merlot from Kelsey See Vineyards in San Louis Obispo, CA. I didn't really know what to choose for wine but a consistent inexpensive, grocery store wine I enjoyed from time to time was Pepperwood Cabernet Sauvignon. I'm using past tense but I'm sure I'll be drinking both the above mentioned again and again. :) In my trip to Paso Robles, some of my favorites were Tablas Creek 2007 Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc and 2007 Cote de Tablas (both whites)! In fact, I loved every single wine I had at Tablas Creek, but the reds were a little expensive, and I didn't want to splurge just yet (I spent quite a bit more than planned to begin with). I loved Arroyo Robles 2007 Otra (red blend), Adelaida 2007 Version (red), and Peachy Canyon Distraction (whose year I forget; red).
If anyone can recommend a wine for me (white, red, sparkling, rose,you name it $35 and under at the moment, please), I'd be much obliged! I found a little gem in my area to buy wine from! I even found my two favorite Tablas Creek wines there, although in limited supply (one left of the Cote de Tablas... better get it)! So hopefully, I'll even be able to find a wine there if I get any recs. I really hope to enjoy this place and learn more about wine. It's difficult for me to pick out the very specific notes, but practice makes perfect, right?
Thanks everyone, pleasure to meet you!!
I think I'm going to like it here.
- Reply by Philip James, Jan 7, 2010.
Welcome Holly - here are a couple of my faves:
Ridge Vineyard Zinfandel 3 Valleys:
A big powerful fruity wine - click the link to read my tasting notes
An amazing Reisling with a nice touch of sugars.
Best of luck to ya!
- Reply by Drunk as a Skunk, Jan 7, 2010.
Hello Holly, great to have you on board. Just what this site needed a little more youth with a lot spunk! If your into reds, I would take a look at some merlots from Washington.
- Reply by chadrich, Jan 7, 2010.
Hi and welcome! You did well by starting out in Paso, it's a great region with high-quality wines and is more laid-back than Napa and Sonoma (though I love to visit them both as well). Since you liked a wine from Adelaida, I'd suggest digging deeper into their portfolio. I particularly like their zinfandel and nebbiolo (an Italian grape that sees some action in CA). Don't know if you made it to Four Vines, but I'd suggest exploring their zinfandels, many of which will fit within your price range. They may be a bit bigger than your palate is ready for, but perhaps not. Cheers!
- Reply by kylewolf, Jan 7, 2010.
I will echo philip with Dragonstone Leitz, both their Reisling and Gewurztraminer are amazing.
Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc is perhaps the best blanc for the buck. Lots of grapefruit.
Rosenblum puts out some good syrahs and Zins that are fruity but not too big.
Unfortunately the only paso robles wines I am familar with tend to edge to the bigger side, which as chadrich said, may be too big for the time. But if you want to give it a try...Justin winery is fantastic.
- Reply by ttokarski, Jan 7, 2010.
I will also agree with Philip on the Ridge Winery of which all are outstanding. If you get to Paso often try Grey Wolf, their reds are in my cellar and only come out for special occasions!
I have also recently joined Snooth, I hope you enjoy it as I do.
- Reply by amour, Jan 8, 2010.
One's palate does not usually develop fully until 21 years of age...!!!,
I am reliably informed !!
YOU AND I STARTED YOUNGER !!!!!!
You may wish to be reminded that ....
FOUR VINES ZINFANDEL PASCO ROBLES BIKER 2007 ($25.) got on the 2009 WINE SPECTATOR LIST (if that means anything) ! QUITE PLEASANT DRINKING!
- Reply by Hollytron, Jan 9, 2010.
Thank you everyone for the warm welcome and the recommendations. I was actually at the grocery store earlier today and was happy to find a Rosenblum Zin. My boyfriend got a Concannon Petite Syrah 2004 that I thought was fantastic!
- Reply by Gregory Dal Piaz, Jan 9, 2010.
Concannon is one of the heirloom producer of Petite Sirah. They've done a great job with this under-appreciated variety for decades. Glad you enjoyed it! Looking forward to hearing more about your vinous adventures.
- Reply by amour, Jan 12, 2010.
A LOVELY VALUE WINE IS >>>>>>>>
St.Francis RED SONOMA COUNTY
A blend of MERLOT, ZINFANDEL, GRENACHE, SANGIOVESE.
I TASTED the 2002 a few years ago and it was spicy with
toasty oaky flavours.