Vina Robles was founded in the early 1990’s by Swiss businessman, Hans Nef for the purpose of bringing together the Old World wine vision which he grew up idolizing with the exciting possibilities that New World wine brings.
In building his winery, Vina Robles, he spared no expense at all, amassing six estate vineyards throughout Paso Robles that serve as the foundation for the red-wine dominant winery. It’s not just grape growing that is part of the winery’s vision. A big part of what they do is farming, growing and planting trees. It’s the inspiration behind the name of the winery’s Red Blend that has been causing such a big stir of late, the Arborist Estate Red blend.
The super expressive, lively, dark-fruited Syrah dominant blend provides absurd value each year considering the quality in the bottle. But in a fantastic 2019 vintage for really all of California and in Paso in particular, the Arborist raises the bar and then some.
Wine Enthusiast gave the wine a 93-point Editors’ Choice designation and called it “complex yet easygoing”. This brand is red hot with two straight Top 100 appearances in Wine Enthusiast’s yearly list. For a 93-point under $20 Big Red, they might make it for a third straight year.
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93 Points (Editors’ Choice), Wine Enthusiast
This fairly priced twist-top blend of 45% Syrah, 40% Petite Sirah, 10% Grenache and 5% Tannat is a complex yet easygoing bottling. Dark plum, iodine, charred beef and violet aromas drop into a hearty, rich palate of blackberry jam and smoked meat, with delicate garden herb elements on the finish.