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.