I know I’m supposed to be covering Edna Valley this month. But I had to go to Paso for a haircut and could not pass up the opportunity to taste these delicious wines. To start, their rose is a delightful and sumptuous blend of Rhone varietals with plenty of fruit like pomegranate, strawberry, and cherry but a hefty dose of acidity so it would be terrific for sipping by the pool or with a picnic. They believe in extra barrel aging so their Barbera is elegant with a rich hint of espresso, their Tempranillo has mouthwatering flavors of plum and blackberry with a hint of vanilla and tobacco. But the one that will make you say “what is this?” is their Zinfandel. Smokey lively leather gets ya first on the nose with rich ripe black cherry on the tongue and a long finish of chocolate and pepper. This is a lovely wine now and one to savor.
If you get there soon, you can taste through their lineup, including wines from 2005 and 2006 vintages. While others are tasting through their 2010 and 2011 vintages, Grizzly Republic is recovering from a paper work-red tape snafu that prevented them from pouring wines before their time. The time is now!