Paso Robles Wine Tasting

September 12, 2008 at 1:57 pm (Uncategorized) ()

Last weekend DH and I went on a mini-vacation up to our second home, San Luis Obispo, CA.

I thought that I would do a review of a few of the wineries that we visited (along with some of the wines that we tasted). These are all a matter of personal opinion.

Notes: Alissa generally likes whites (sweet) and very smooth reds. Misha likes a variety of reds. All scores are on a scale of 1-5.

Tobin James Cellars
8950 Union Road, Paso Robles, CA (off Highway 46 East)

Wine Alissa Misha Comments
2006 Sauvignon Blanc
4 4 A white that Misha likes, very rare.
2007 Chardonnay
4 none Too sweet for Misha.
2006 Syrah Rose
3 3-4 It was OK, a bit disappointing.
2005 Sangiovese
3-4 3-4
2005 Merlot
“Made in the Shade”
2 3
2006 Syrah
“Rock -n- Roll”
3 4
2006 Cabernet Savignon
3-4 3
2006 Petite Sirah
“Black Magic”
3-4 3
2006 Charisma 4 n/a
2006 Late Harvest Zinfandel
“Liquid Love”
4-5 4+ Purchased. A dessert wine that Misha likes is rare.

We have been here before, and it is definitely a fun winery to visit.

Wild Coyote
3775 Adelaida Road, Paso Robles, CA (West of the 101)

Wine Alissa Misha Comments
2006 Roze of Zinfandel
“White Owl”
3 3
2005 Zinfandel
“Black Hog”
4+ 4+
2005 Merlot
“Black Elk”
4 4
2005 Syrah
“Black Hawk”
3 3
2006 Blend
“House of Reds”
5 5
2007 Zinfandel Port
“Little Fawn”
5 5
2007 Late Harvest Syrah
“Dream Catcher”
5 5 Purchased

This was the best winery of the day, it was simply amazing. Our ratings based off this winery changed for the day. Looking back I would consider them all 5+’s compared to the other wineries. If we had the money we would become members here, and we have never considered a wine membership. I normally don’t like most reds, but I LOVED every glass here.

11680 Chimney Rock Road, Paso Robles, CA (one of the further out wineries West of the 101)

Wine Alissa Misha Comments
2007 Sauvignon Blanc 3+ 3
2007 Chardonnay 4 3
2006 Cabernet Sauvignon 3+ 3+
2006 Syrah 4 4

I have always wanted to go here. We were not able to taste their flagship wine, Obtuse. Justin was a bit disappointing, it was good but way overpriced.

Villa Creek
5995 Peachy Canyon Road, Paso Robles, CA (West of the 101)

Wine Alissa Misha Comments
2006 Garnacha 3+ 3+
2006 Willow Creek Cuvee 4 3+/4
2005 Willow Creek Cuvee 3 3
2006 Mas De Maha 4 4 Purchased.
Vultures Post 3+ 3+/4

It was a good winery, but since we had already been to Wild Coyote, nothing could top what we had already had.

We also went to Denner Vineyards and Castoro Cellars. Denner was disappointing, I don’t think we liked a single glass. Castoro I only liked my Muscat Canelli (we only tasted 5 wines, it was very crowded). Wild Coyote was definitely the winery of the day. I would even dare to say that it was better than Hunt Cellars (my FIL’s favorite winery). We are going to definitely check them out next year to see how consistent they are.

For when the wine is in, the wit is out. Thomas Becon


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