2013 Alta Colina "Sun Worshipper" Paso Robles Estate Rhone blend

SKU #1353853 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Sun Worshipper Estate is a new wine from this estate that's made from a Mourvedre-dominated blend including 27% Grenache and 19% Syrah. Aged in varying levels of new oak (the Grenache see no oak), this sexy, layered and beautifully balanced 2013 offers lots of kirsch and blackberry fruits, dried underbrush, cured meats and licorice in its savory, yet still ripe and textured personality. Give it a year or so to let the tannin integrate, and enjoy bottles through 2023. 93+ (JD)  (8/2016)

91 points Vinous

 Inky ruby. Powerful aromas of ripe dark berries, mocha and licorice develop a peppery nuance in the glass. Fleshy and round, offering warm blueberry and cherry compote flavors that are given spine by a smoky mineral quality. Shows impressive power and thrust on the finish, which leaves behind warm blue fruit compote and spicecake notes. (JR)  (9/2016)

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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.