Winery of the Month
JULY Wines of the month: VINA ROBLES
For most of us lucky enough to grow up in California, it was a playground of swimming and surfing along the Pacific coastline, or enjoying the cowboy ambiance in the ruggedly beautiful central coast ranchlands. Then you have the unique personal discovery of winery founder Hans Nef who hailed from a rural village outside Zurich, Switzerland. As a child, Nef learned to appreciate his rural surroundings and the blessings of agriculture. It was this special appreciation that lead him to expand his interests into agricultural land in the southern United States in the early 1990s. At the same time, he leveraged his passion for fine wine into his own wine import business, furthering his appreciation for California wines. Each time Nef traveled to the U.S., he brought with him the desires to not only be true to nature but also to grow his own wine. This is when he discovered Paso Robles in the mid-1990s and quickly became enamored with the emergent wine country. Soon, Nef was inspired to embark on his own idea for a Paso Robles winery, one that would honor his European roots while embracing the unique growing region in order to pursue his dream of producing world-class wines. Fait accompli!
suggested retail $19.99 – WOTM SPecial $16.99
This Estate Viognier is planted at the highest point in the Huerhuero Vineyard and benefits from the cooling Pacific breezes that blow through the Templeton Gap. Upon harvest, the fruit is gently pressed and the juice cold settled, racked, and then cold fermented. This sleek, rich Viognier will excite your palate with vibrant green apple, honeysuckle, pear, melon and white peach flavors. A medium to full bodied white wine that offers a balanced and sustaining finish. Pair with Cajun salmon tacos with fresh mango salsa, crab cakes with fresh lemon dressing, crab meat salad with pear and mint or pan-seared black cod and flambéed Bay Scallops.
suggested retail $17.99 – WOTM Special $14.99
The Power of 4 – no, this is not a new Marvel super hero movie – but a blend that combines grape varieties mainly from the prestigious Huerhuero Vineyard in Paso Robles. RED4 blend showcases the structure of Petite Sirah, the spice and cherry qualities of Syrah, the forward fruit of Grenache, and the rustic character of Mourvèdre. There are delicious aromas of cherries with notes of bergamot, juniper berry, leather, and tobacco. The medium-bodied flavors offer up sweet cherry fruit; chewy tannins and hints of cocoa on the finish. Pair this with everything from grilled salmon and our handmade sausage, to pizza and burgers.
suggested retail $29.99 – WOTM Special $24.99
“Signature” is the winemaker’s hallmark blend of the vintage, the “signature” identity of that year’s harvest and its bounty. The blend is made up of Petit Verdot and Petite Sirah, both varieties known for their intense color, generous amount of flavor and rich tannins that will continue to develop with proper aging. Black raspberries, dried blueberries with mocha spice taste are balanced with dark fruit; chewy yet layered tannins that linger into a long creamy finish. Pair with lamb souvlaki with grape relish or ‘Signature’ lamb skewers and couscous.
suggested retail $24.99 – WOTM Special $18.99 | 92 Points – Editors’ Choice – Wine Enthusiast 2016
The fruit for this Cabernet was selected from two estate vineyards in Paso Robles – Huerhuero and Creston Valley. Both of these vineyards produce Cabernet Sauvignon with an overall balance of expressive flavors and structure. Inky in the glass, the bottling’s lush nose offers concentrated black cherry, caramel, cocoa and coffee. It’s soft and smooth on the palate, where the black-cherry compote flavors are lifted by star anise and clove. Pair with BBQ Pork with a Thyme-Mustard sauce, Cabernet braised short ribs or a New York steak with dried cherry sauce.
suggested retail $24.99 – WOTM Special $18.99
Petite Sirah has been a classic grape planted and grown in California for more than a century and is well suited to the rugged soils found in the estate vineyards in Paso Robles. Boysenberry with notes of dark chocolate and allspice on the nose. Full-bodied on the palate with juicy dark fruit flavors and chewy tannins that unfold into a supple finish. Pair with your favorite cut of beef, braised short ribs, lamb, or dark chocolate.
suggested retail $24.99 – WOTM Special $18.99
The grapes for this Zinfandel were grown in the Pleasant Valley and Jardine vineyards, then handpicked and sorted in the cool morning hours. They were gently crushed and then allowed to ferment in small stainless steel tanks to enhance fruit extraction and enrich the mouthfeel. The aromas and flavors of cherry and black raspberry with notes of chocolate are enhanced by the long juicy finish. Pair with grilled Asian marinated baby back ribs, grilled beef tenderloin with Gorgonzola butter, rosemary potatoes and asparagus.