Wine Wednesday – 2011 Paso Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

Hello, hello!

Wine Wednesday is back!

Although, honestly, it should have been Wine Tuesday last night. I coulda used a glass. Or 4. That storm. Holy. Cow.

Howling winds. Driving rain. Leaky roof. Yeah, all that happened. Only thing missing was Snoopy and his typewriter.

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I’m hopeful that the roof leak was just a fluke and because of the serious winds (we’re talking 30-40 mile an hour gusts AT LEAST) forcing the rain into places it doesn’t belong. It was just one spot (conveniently RIGHT OVER MY BED) and stopped when the rain stopped (AT 1:30 IN THE MORNING!). So, fingers crossed cuz I don’t want to have to go through that every time it rains.

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Anywhooooo, back to wine Wednesday.

I’ve been thinking about bringing Wine Wednesday back ever since the folks from Vegas.com asked me to weigh in with my thoughts on wine during Wine Week.

And, it’s no secret that I heart wine.

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What? Red wine is good for your heart! Don’t judge me.

We came across this Cabernet Sauvignon at the grocery store – Food Lion, to be exact – for about $14. You know, if you live in areas where Food Lions are, they’ve really come a long way! And, their wine selection is pretty decent! And, you’re not breaking the bank on a good bottle of wine.

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We LOVE Paso Robles and its wine. When we lived in California, it was one of our favorite places to go. Lots and lots of really excellent vineyards and wineries without all the pomp and circumstance you might find in Napa (which, don’t get me wrong, is an AMAZING wine region and I love it but sometimes, down to earth and easy going is more fun).

Anyway, Paso Creek was not a winery that we visited so we were both curious. Of course, we were totally sucked in by “bold character derived from stubborn patience.” And they say don’t judge a bottle by its cover. Pshh. Sometimes you HAVE to. Otherwise, you would never try anything new! And we all know it’s the packaging that draws us in. But, you can be successful with it (and avoid the “really pretty bottles but crappy wine” mistake)  if you know a little about wine and wine regions.

Paso does many things quite wonderfully – Rhone style blends, in my opinion. Love me some grenache, syrah, and mouvedre! – and Cabernets rank right up there. A Paso Cab differs from a Napa Cab in the punch. I think Paso Cabs tend to be a little more grounded and earthier with excellent fruit rather than fruit forward (read: jammy) and HUGE (looking at you, Cult Cabs). That’s because of the terrior (earth, etc) and the climate. Paso is definitely warmer so the grapes grow a little differently.

I mean, all grapes grow on vines (duh!) but their flavors are affected by the outside elements – hence growing differently. 🙂

This wine was really, really tasty. It was more of a subdued Cab (I’d have to read up on the weather during this vintage’s growing season to truly see why) with a beautiful dark cherry color, great flavor, fruit and characteristics.  It did have a little bit of spice (pepper) but wasn’t overwhelming. One sip and I immediately conjured up visions of a backyard barbecue complete with hamburgers, sausages, and plenty of friends and family.

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This wine is incredibly smooth and drinkable – which is nice because at 13.5% alcohol, you’d expect more of a tannic punch (and a headache later – thank goodness THAT didn’t happen!). I’ll definitely be adding a few more of these bottles to our cellar. After all, the sun is shining and the grill is heating up! 🙂

Talk to me: Have you ever  been wine tasting? Where did you go? Have you been to Paso Robles?

– jennifer

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