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Austin Hope hasn’t just been Paso Robles’ hottest commodity, but arguably one of the country’s brightest rising stars with his Top 10 debut in last year’s Wine Enthusiast’s annual “Top 100 Wines of the Year” list. But as Paso prices start to catch up to their Napa Valley foes, Hope’s greatest trick with his ‘Quest’ bottling is how he manages to pack so much punch in a bottle that can be had today at a bargain.
The influence of the Caymus training on Austin Hope is maybe a little too obvious. The big, dark fruit-forward expression of Cabernet owes so much to that Wagner Family experience but featuring that unique Paso Robles’ layer of dense, rich smokiness. The wine is so big, yet perfectly chiseled, it’s no surprise it has emerged as the likely standard bearer out of Paso Robles. For three years running it has 95+ scores including its 2019 Top 10 ‘Wine of the Year’ appearance.
The 2019 Clos Julien is a classic example of California coastal Chardonnay, zippy-fresh and long on the palate. It starts out with a great nose of Granny Smith apple, citrus rind and acacia. In the mouth, the fruit is pure, with plenty of extract and the finish is clean and crisp. This Pacific-influenced wine is the perfect house white, delicious by itself as an aperitif but a fantastic foil to the cuisine of summer, scallops, grilled poultry, and summer corn.
91 Points, Wine Enthusiast
The 2019 Stolpman ‘Love you Bunches’ Carbonic Sangiovese is the product of carbonic maceration. If you like Pete’s Carbonic wines from his ‘So Fresh’ collection for their zip and approachability, then in the 2019 vintage, you’re in for an absolute treat this year. Pete says the wine in the 2019 vintage is darker and more expressive than it has been in any other year.
The secret to the Stolpman wine’s freshness and balance is the fact that they do not irrigate. Sure, it stresses the vines but it forces the roots to go really deep, tapping into the groundwater that is seriously affected by the limestone. The grapes are tiny, packed with flavor and brimming with the stony minerality that only the limestone can bring.
92 Pts, Wine Advocate – 92 Pts, Wine Enthusiast
The 2018 vintage in Southern California was super hot and dry. Perfect conditions for Pete Stolpman and his red wines. The La Cuadrilla shows deep, ripe red fruits that are bold and expressive all the while maintaining a nice kick off freshness and fun. It’s an aromatic, dark and intense blend of 100% estate grown fruit consisting of Syrah, Sangiovese and Grenache. It’s a winner for sure.
A product of some of the oldest vines in California, rooted deeply in the sand of Contra Costa county, Matt Cline always brings out the very best of these American heritage vineyards. The 2016 Petite Sirah has a great nose, filled with blueberry jam and savory herbs. Ink-black in color to its very core, this is a masculine, brawny red with layer upon layer of black and blueberry fruit .
90 Points, Wine Spectator
Fresh off its feature as one of Wine Spectator’s ‘Exciting California Values Under $25’, winemaker Matt Cline’s 2018 Contra Costa Zinfandel is a gem crafted off old-vines between 110-140 years in age. This is a bowl of blackberry fruit with a dusting of baking spice. The fruit is pure, fresh and long making it both delicious on its own or terrific with a burger, BBQ ribs, or grilled leg of lamb. Crazy cheap for what is in the bottle, load up!
91 Points, Wine Enthusiast
A great under-$30 Cabernet Sauvignon find, Vina Robles has emerged as one of the big players out of Paso Robles. This Cabernet is lip-smacking berried up Cabernet with jammy red and dark fruits and hints of cocoa. It’s robust and full-bodied offering layers of fruit and tannic structure. This is drinking great now and I’d argue it will continue to be killer for another 7-10 years.