2015 Aaron "Sand & Stone" Paso Robles Red Blend (Elsewhere $48)

SKU #1427629 93 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2015 Sand & Stone is another deeply colored effort and offers a Châteauneuf du Pape-like bouquet of blackberries, kirsch, game, garrigue, and peppery herbs. This full-bodied, flamboyant Grenache has no hard edges, offers sweet tannins, and is a complex, impossible to resist red to drink over the coming 4-6 years. The blend is 52% Grenache, 39% Petite Sirah, and the balance Syrah.  (11/2018)

93 points Vinous

 Inky ruby. Heady aromas of candied red and blue fruits, allspice, vanilla and minerals pick up a suave floral quality with aeration. Juicy and expansive on the palate, offering sappy black raspberry, cherry liqueur and spicecake flavors and hints of lavender pastille and cola. Dusty tannins add shape to a very long, juicy finish that leaves a sexy floral note behind. (JR)  (9/2018)

90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A blend of 52% Grenache, 39% Petite Sirah and 9% Syrah, the 2015 Sand & Stone reveals a rich nose of plum preserve and fruit liqueur. On the palate, it's full-bodied, layered and fruit-forward, with lots of rich, melted tannins and a warm, generous finish. It's a flashy, high-octane red blend to drink in the next 2-3 years. (WK)  (5/2018)

K&L Notes

Winemaker's Notes: "Sand & Stone is always our most vibrant cuvée due to the large portion of Grenache, one of our most favorite grapes. Grenache absolutely thrives in the limestone soils of Paso Robles, and it seems as well suited here as its traditional home in the Southern Rhône. Coupled with the powerful nature of Petite Sirah, Sand & Stone showcases how we can bring tremendous freshness and overall drinkability to a rather powerful wine. To retain this freshness, we age the cuvée in special thick-staved 350L and 400L puncheon that limit oxygen exposure during elevage. From start to finish it brims with pure, focused fruit; dried strawberries, olallieberry, and black raspberry. Always floral and tremendously aromatic, it features plenty of spicy notes of white pepper, licorice, and smoky oak along with a juicy, youthfully tannic finish."

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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.
Alcohol Content (%): 15