2012 Vina Robles "Red 4" Paso Robles Rhône Blend
Bright ruby. Fresh dark berries and licorice on the fragrant nose. Smooth, gently sweet and broad on the palate, offering smoke-tinged cherry-vanilla and blackberry flavors that tighten up with aeration. Fine-grained tannins give shape to the smoky, oak-spiced finish. (JR)
From the Winery: "The Power of 4 – this Paso blend is more delicious than the sum of its parts. It combines grape varieties mainly from our prestigious Huerhuero Vineyard, located in the rolling hills of Paso Robles. Here, warm afternoons and cool evening breezes influence the grapes to perfect ripeness. The grapes were picked at cooler morning temperatures and cold soaked for two days prior to fermentation. Variable pump-over techniques were implemented during progressive stages of fermentation to enhance fruit extraction and balance out the tannin structure. The wine was then aged in both small and large format French, European and American oak barrels for 16 months in order to add complexity while enhancing a soft, velvety finish. Vina Robles’ RED4 blend showcases the spice and cherry qualities of Syrah, the structure of Petite Sirah, the forward fruit of Grenache, and the rustic character of Mourvèdre. This intriguing, youthful wine is your perfect dinner companion."