Feb 092015
Lone Madrone Old Hat 2010, Paso Robles, CA, $45 (S) – Rating 91

Lone Madrone Old Hat 2010Blended from 71% Zinfandel and 29% Petite Sirah, this is a big wine with soft tannins and just the right amount of acidity. Blueberry, blackberry, plum and dark spice on the nose. The palate is treated to deep flavors of blackberry, black cherry, plum and brown spice. Cacao with just a hint of spicy cayenne on the finish. Buy This Wine

Jul 232011
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Paso Robles Town Square

Over the past year, this wine blog has made numerous trips to Napa Valley and Sonoma. My son finished his winery internship at Rombauer Vineyards (Napa Valley) and needed to drive his pickup to Austin, TX so he could work crush and harvest with his friends at Solaro Estate Winery (Dripping Springs, TX). What could be better than winemaking in 100+ heat?

The 24 hour drive across the desert southwest is long and boring, so I generously offered (note sarcasm) to fly out to CA and drive back with him. The catch, you ask. Well, we just had to spend a couple of days exploring and of course drinking wine, in Paso Robles wine country. Neither of us had been to Paso so we weren’t sure what to expect. In the end we met some great people and innovative winemakers, had creative and delectable meals and best of all, drank some excellent wines. We will definitely be back for another visit.

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