April 5, 2021

Vineyard Vitals

Rainfall record for Paso Robles this past January! The rainfall total reported (January 28-29) was 2.6-inches over a 24-hour period, which is nearly five times greater than the previous rainfall record set in 1981 of .46-inches. Despite the record breaking rains – we still have only totaled a little over 6 inches of rain, as of early March. Tons of tilling to do in anticipation of much needed precipitation!

Jim & Maribeth purchased their property 25 years ago in Paso Robles Wine Country. They’re families are also celebrating over 100 years as California farmers and with over 1,000,000 bottles of wine sold to date!

Paso Robles is a wine region for the wild-hearted. Today, Paso Robles is still considered

by many as the wine industry’s Wild West. The town El Paso de Robles (which means Pass of the oak trees) was co-founded by Kentucky outlaws Frank and Jesse James’ uncle Drury around 1869.

What makes Paso’s terroir exceptional is the diversity in soils, elevation and rainfall. The Paso Robles Viticulture Area is California’s largest in size and home to the largest Calcareous based soil formation in all of California. This is a great soil type for a warm climate, where ripening grapes is no problem!

Today, Jesse James and his crew would approve and enjoy the unbridled spirit of this unique, bold, and flavorful grape-growing region we call home.

2014 Estate Merlot


With so much fruit on the nose & palate – and a bright acidity – you might want to keep plenty of this wine on hand. We adore this food-fabulous treat. This Merlot has a beautiful ruby coloring with excellent consistency and clarity throughout. The nose is huge and very varietally correct, with notes of strawberry, toffee, toasted nuts, sandalwood, and slate. The palate is full of wonderful fruit character with pluot, bubblegum, bing cherry, wild strawberry, and gooseberry. The bright fruit is driven by the bright acidity, and while it has a lighter body in terms of mouthfeel, it makes up for it with huge fruit-forward drinking experience. This wine would go nicely with a watermelon salad with arugula and bleu cheese crumbles.

2014 Estate Syrah


This wine is one to stock up on, but be warned: quantity is limited.

This wine has beautiful crimson color and even consistency from core to edge. This wine has an interesting nose of vanilla, molasses, subtle cooling spearmint, wet gravel, blackberry, and plum. The flavor profile of this wine is replete with white pepper, black currant, cranberry, pomegranate and tart cherry. This medium-bodied Syrah slides straight down the center of the palate for an all-business wine-drinking experience. Let’s get serious with a pulled-pork sandwich on a Racer 5 bun, piled-high, and drenched with authentic Texas BBQ sauce. Our mouths are watering, is yours?

2014 Sy-rific-Cab

A “Sy of relief” red blend, our flagship blend (of 60% Syrah, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon) is smooth (thanks to extended aging) and delicious. On the nose, this wine is lively and full of fruit! Fresh blueberry, blackberry and raspberry lead the way. On the palate, this wine hugs the sweet spot between sweet and tart, savory and juicy.

2014 Barbera

 Definitely one of those wines that is all too easy keep “revisiting”. What a nose! The delectable Barbera with molasses right there up front, and ripe fruit, stewed strawberry, and cherry follow behind with vanilla notes to close it out. The palate then takes you by complete surprise – the spotlight is a nutty medley of walnut and pecan. There’s plenty of fruit too with blackberry and strawberry being the main flavors there.

2014 Cabernet Sauvignon


 Ripe Paso fruit jumps from the glass, with Bing cherry, young blackberry, black currant, raspberry, strawberry, exotic spice, cherry candy, hard leather, spice box and a hint of black pepper. Juicy and fresh on the palate, with flavors of Bing cherry juice, wild strawberry, spice box, raspberry, bramble, red currant, cranberry, leather, slate mineral and toasty oak.

2014 Zinfandel

 Full of jammy fruit and spice on the nose, with spiced cherry, black cherry, kola nut, chocolate, bramble, dark mixed spice, toasty oak, volcanic soil and black pepper. Juicy and bursting with flavor, with raspberry jam, blackberry preserve, plum, fig, raisin, cedar, chocolate, Bing cherry, spice, earth and black pepper.

Critter Corner!

We welcomed two beautiful (and handsome) additions to the Doce Pack – Annie & Barron!