2012 Alta Colina "GSM" Paso Robles Red Blend

SKU #1258523 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A beautiful wine that would stand nicely beside top quality Chateauneuf du Papes, the 2012 GSM (52% Grenache, 26% Syrah and 22% Mourvedre) was completely destemmed and spent 18 months in 67% new French oak (Syrah), 25% new French oak (Mourvedre) and 8% new (Grenache). It offers lots of wood smoke, plum, blackberry, olive and wild herbs characteristics in its plump, full-bodied, supple and sexy personality. While certainly a fruit-driven effort, it still has a pretty, elegant and lightly textured style and is always a joy to drink. Drink it anytime over the coming 7-8 years. Creating the estate in 2003, Bob and Lynn Tillman continue to release brilliant Rhone-inspired wines from their estate located just off Adelaida road, on the northern edge of the appellation. (JD)  (8/2015)

93 points Wine Enthusiast

 Heady, gamy and thick notes of lanolin, blood, lamb, smoked wood, roasted fennel, pencil lead and peppercorn rise into intriguing coriander and cumin notes on the nose of this blend of 52% Grenache, 26% Syrah and 22% Mourvèdre. Those exotic spice notes carry to the palate, where a medium acidity and clean tannic structure present black peppercorn and cardamom notes atop a boysenberry backdrop. (MK)  (6/2016)

91 points Vinous

 Opaque ruby. The nose displays an array of fresh dark fruit and floral scents, with a smoky note building in the glass. Stains the palate with intense back raspberry and boysenberry flavors that deepen and spread out on the back half. At once rich and energetic, finishing with excellent clarity and velvety tannins that sneak in late. Drinking window: 2018 - 2023 (JR)  (6/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Tightly structured and tannic, with aromas of leather, herb and dried cherry leading to firm flavors that focus on cedar, smoked pepper and sage. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Syrah. (Web-2016, TF)

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Rhone Blends

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United States

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California

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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.