Our last stop on our first dat in Paso Robles was Midnight Cellars (www.midnightcellars.com)
These guys are also having a good time with the marketing of their logo, which is a crescent moon on a very attractive aqua colored and diamond shaped label. They have named their wines “Solstice”, “Nebula”, “Mare Nectaris”, “Gemini”, “Synnove” and others.
Our top pick at Midnight Cellars is their 2005 Malbec “Solstice”. It was the only varietal Malbec we have seen so far. This was a very rich, aromatic, red with great plum, cherry and chocolate characters. There is a nice long, memorable finish that we really liked.
A couple others we tasted from Midnight Cellars:
2006 Chardonnay – very well balanced, good oak and fruit integration. They describe it as an oaky style but the truth is, there was plenty of fruit to carry that oak.
2005 Petite Verdot – an uncommon find as a varietal as it is generally too tannic and used more as a blending grape, but this one was surprisingly soft and an interesting find.
This finished our day and a fine day it was. These wineries were all on the west side of Paso Robles. The next day, we visited a few on the east side.