Sunday, July 19, 2009

California 2009 – Paso Robles – Adelaida Vineyards

Our first stop in Paso Robles was at Adelaida Cellars .  We have had a couple of their wines but never stopped here before.

The names of some of their wines are interesting.  There is a wine named Pavanne that is supposed to be named after a medieval dance.  However, my research shows that the correct spelling for that is pavane and that pavanne is something else.  I guess you could call that poetic license, so to speak.  There are also two versions of Version, if you will.  There is a Version White and a Version Red.  These two wines are apparently their version of Rhone style blends.

We tasted all three along with their outstanding Syrah.

2007 Pavanne – very nice blend of several Rhone varieties, Roussane, Viognier, and and Grenache Blanc, to which some old vine Chardonnay has been added.  Very fresh and fruity with a pleasant finish.  Easy sipping but good with food too.  They recommend this wine for luaus (might have something to do with the dancing).  This must be something they do more often than the rest of us, unless, of course, you are reading this from Hawaii.  $22.00

2007 Version White – 58% Roussane and 42% Grenache Blanc.  This is Adelaida’s signature white blend.  It is an unusual blend that works very nicely.  Both varieties were barrel fermented and went through malo-lactic fermentation, and aged in French oak barrels.  This is a very nice food wine for just about any food that calls for white wine.  $27.00

2006 Version Red – this wine is a blend of 5 Rhone varieties.  In order of amounts from most to least, they are Mourvedre, Syrah, Grenache, Cunois, and Cinsault.  There was lots of black fruits and richness along with a bit of smokiness and some anise.  $30.00

2006 Syrah Anna’s Estate – deeply colored, full bodied, intense wine.  This is a real red meat wine, meaty in its own right.  Great balance with lingering flavors that go on and on.  Velvety finish.  I would expect this one to age a long time.  $28.00

Next stop:  Justin Vineyards

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