Day 2, stop 2 was at Tobin James Winery (www.tobinjames.com).
Tobin James Winery is the furthest east in Paso Robles. This is a fun place with a distinctly western (read cowboy/southwestern) theme. They are having a lot of fun with naming their wines things such as “James Gang Reserve”, “Sundance”, “Notorious”, and such. We were greeted and served by a young woman named Lone (pronounced Lona), who was very friendly and knowledgeable.
Some wines we tasted:
2006 Chardonnay “Radiance” – lovely wine with lots of tropical fruit, lingering flavors and a nice touch of oak.
2005 Sangiovese “Primo” – a lush, soft, black cherry offering that finishes like velvet.
2005 Merlot “Made in the Shade” – this is a very complex merlot with black currant, cocoa and coffee notes that has perfect oak integration. One of my favorites.
2004 Syrah “James Gang Syrah” – simply awesome. We had the good fortune of being offered a taste of this wine that is not normally open for general tasting as it is a bit pricey at $55.00 a bottle. But it is everything you could possibly want from a Syrah...lots of berries, smoky, chocolate and integrated oak...a wine that shows the beauty of a bit of aging and one that will be around for a long time to come (if everyone doesn’t just drink it up).
One of the amazing facts about Tobin James winery is that almost half of their wines are sold to Wine Club Members. They claim to have the largest wine club in the United States at just under 19,000 (yes, that is 19 thousand) members.