2012 Big Basin Vineyards "Paderewski Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhone Blend

SKU #1240765 93 points Vinous

 The 2012 GSM Paderewski Vineyard captures the essence of Paso in its pliant, expressive personality. Dark red cherry, plum, mint, smoke and leather flesh out in an intense, distinctive wine loaded with class. Sadly, this is Big Basin's last vintage working with Paderewski fruit. (AG)  (7/2014)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 This is one of the winery’s last takes on this vineyard, as they move their focus to Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. The nose is blackberry liqueur lifted with chopped black sage, fennel stalk and tobacco leaf. Flavors run from dark red fruit to black spices to tartness on the finish, like a balsamic reduction sauce. (MK)  (2/2015)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 GSM Paderewski Vineyard is more savory and rustic than past vintages, with notions of blackberry, black raspberry, chalky minerality, menthol and underbrush giving way to a medium to full-bodied, concentrated, yet chewy feel on the palate. Made from 50% Grenache, 31% Syrah and 19% Mourvedre, give it a year in the cellar and enjoy bottles over the following 5-6 years. (JD)  (8/2014)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated ruby. Heady, exotic scents of red berry preserves, incense, lavender and smoky Indian spices, with a hint of white pepper emerging with air. Juicy and expansive on the palate, offering sweet, mineral-tinged black raspberry and cherry flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate. A touch of olive gives away the syrah component on the broad, sappy, very persistent finish. For such a powerful wine this shows surprising vivacity. (ST)  (5/2014)

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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.