2011 Torrin "James Berry Vineyard" Paso Robles Rhone Blend (stained label)

SKU #1259596 95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 One of my favorites in the lineup and just another example showcasing how special this vineyard is, the 2011 Torrin James Berry Vineyard offers thrilling black cherry, cassis, spring flowers and licorice to go with a medium to full-bodied, seamless and silky profile that carries superb richness, while staying graceful and weightless. A blend of 52% Syrah and 48% Grenache (with a splash of Roussanne) that spent 18 months in a combination of small and large 50% new barrels, this is a decidedly perfumed, elegant and nuanced wine from Scott. Drink it over the coming decade. Made by Scott Hawley, these are classic Paso blends that never lack for fruit or texture, yet always back it up with superb underlying structure. (JD)  (8/2014)

94 points Vinous

 Dark purple. Musky, deeply pitched aromas of mulberry and blueberry compote, incense and licorice, with a bright floral overtone. Dense, plush and sweet, showing excellent power and lift to its black and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors. Packed with flavor but surprisingly light on its feet. Displays very good focus on the extremely long, floral finish, which is framed by dusty, slow-building tannins. (JR)  (9/2015)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A rich, potent, dense effort, with a chewy core of blackberry, wild berry, crushed rock and graphite. The power is evident. This wine will best be served by cellaring short term. Syrah and Grenache. Drink now through 2028. 91 cases made. (JL)  (3/2015)

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Rhone Blends

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United States

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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.