Tomato.....Tomato Meritage.....Meritage Paso Robles.....Paso Robles
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For the record, the first two items have no other reason for being here other than to show how we can pronounce words depending on the syllable we emphasize. The last item happens to be an area in California that has been producing some awesome wines over the last few years and one of those wines is the focal point for this Wine of the Week.
Beginning in the 1950's & 60's, Cabernet was one of the most extensively planted varietals. Around the 1980's vintners started planting what would be considered the Rhone varietals. Wineries using Rhone grapes even took on their own identities calling themselves the Rhone Rangers. For all you younger readers out there, that's a spin-off of the Lone Ranger, although as I type this I realize that Johnny Depp resurrected that show with his portrayal of Tonto the Lone Ranger's sidekick. Paso Robles has since become a mecca for wine grapes of all sorts.
Located between Santa Barbara and Monterey, Paso (as we'll call it from here on) is well suited to grape growing. It's close proximity to the Pacific Ocean and diverse soils lend itself to that mecca of grapes. For this particular Wine of the Week, we will be focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon. More specifically, I opted for the
Daou 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles
Perusing some recent reviews, I came across this wine. I've known Daou for some time and carried a number of their wines at the wine shop of long ago. So seeing a 93 Point rating from Wine Spectator sparked my interest to do a little more research. Sure enough, another 93 Point rating from Wine Enthusiast and I knew I had to try this wine.
Off I flew (okay jumped into my car), to pick up a bottle and raced (no, I stayed within the speed limits - mostly) back home with high expectations and thoughts about what to eat with the wine. I've mentioned before that I've been having this thing about beef short ribs. Luckily I had some in my fridge and it just so happened that Wine Spectator's most recent edition had a recipe for short ribs. Talk about timing.
I love short ribs, but to properly cook them takes hours, literally. Not wanting to wait till dinner, I opened the bottle and poured myself a nice bit and promptly sat at my desk at the ready to start notating my review. SSSS (last time I say that's swirl, smell, sip and swallow - Nah, I'll remind you again).
Great aromas wafted from my glass. Dark and rich. That was followed by similar flavors on the palate. I'm liking this wine. With one exception, and this is strictly my preferences coming into play. The wine carries what Wine Spectator called "Plump and juicy," followed by the term "jammy." While the wine was excellent, I myself have a slight aversion to "jammy" cabs. Always have.
When dinner was ready, the combination of wine and short ribs proved excellent, even with that jammy note. Combine that with a price around $20, and I can say I fully enjoyed the experience. Personally, I would give the wine more like a 90 to 91 Point rating but that's due to my preferences. From the excellent 2015 vintage and with 20,000 cases made, this should be a wine that's widely available. Jammy or not, it's worth picking some up.
And for the record, I pronounce it Paso Row bulls not Row blays....