Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Paso Robles - Robert Hall Winery

Our first stop on day 2 of our visit to Paso Robles was Robert Hall Winery (www.roberthallwinery.com) – no relationship to the Robert Hall of clothing fame.  The Robert Hall Winery tasting room is much more in the style of high end Napa Valley tasting rooms – very attractive with beautiful grounds.

Some wines we tasted:

2007 Blanc de Robles – a blend of Roussanne, Grenache, and a grape I had never heard of called Piquepol, which I have since discovered is a Rhone variety.  While this wine was supposedly barrel fermented and aged, it did not seem so.  It was crisp and citrusy, with a green apple and tropical fruit character to it. 

2007 Sauvignon Blanc – excellent classic aromas for the variety.  This was a lighter style but very refreshing apple and ripe pear flavors.

2006 Rhone de Robles – our pick of the day for this winery.  This wine is a blend of Grenache, Syrah, Cinsaut, and Counnoise.  It had a wonderful spicy character with some black pepper and a bit of black cherry.  Very nice.

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