Saturday, September 4, 2021

Vina Robles 2019 The Arborist, Paso Robles

A red blend of a different sort.

I’ve always enjoyed the wines of Vina Robles. I visited the winery a few years ago and even before then, was impressed by the expressive wines that were creative and not-too-pricey.

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Last night was just a casual family evening that began with a board game and the call went up for some wine.

I had purchased this bottle from a little wine shop in Cary and thought this would be just perfect. Not glancing closely at the bottle, I thought this would be a typical Bordeaux-style blend, but one sip set me straight.

This is a unique blend of Syrah (45%), Petite Sirah (40%), Grenache and Tannat. This has bold ripples of dark fruit and mocha. Once it has you in its grip, you can also enjoy the chocolate and black cherry undertones.

To add to the complexity, it is aged in French, Hungarian, and American oak. That’s fitting since the name is an homage to the caretaker of the iconic oaks in the Paso Robles wine region.

Retail price is a tasty $18.

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