This stunning Rhône-style wine blend hails from Halter Ranch Winery in the Paso Robles region of California, San Luis Obispo county.
- 48% Grenache
- 27% Syrah
- 19% Mourvèdre
- 6% Tannat
Color: beautiful crimson red with hints of violet on the rim
Notes: Smoky violets on the nose, dark berries and spice, with juicy red fruits. Tannins are present, but not overwhelming. Medium body, bright acidity, with a long, smooth finish. The nose on this wine is one of the most impressive and seductive we’ve noted in a long time-you’ll notice a complexity that opens as you swirl it in the glass, and each taste will change as it aerates. A SIP certified winery, Halter Ranch does everything they can to allow the fruit to shine through in their vintages, and this certainly is the case with the 2011 Côtes de Paso blend.
Pairing: This red wine blend can pair well with everything from game (venison) to tender duck breast, savory dishes (stuffed rack of lamb), or vegetarian. Aged 13 mos in French oak. Alcohol: 14.5%.
Recommendation: Buy a bottle for yourself, and another for a gift for that someone special. One of our favorite wines of the year, we’d give this red wine blend 89 points. Drink now through 2015.
Suggested retail price: $32.00, $25.00 for wine club members.
Photos, Halter Ranch Winery