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Broadside Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

Paso Robles Impulse

Broadside 2014 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

Fellow wine lovers, for many today and yesterday are snow days, and I feel like we need a big warm Cabernet to cozy up to. I’ve long been a fan of the boldness, purity, and beauty of Paso Robles wines, but they are not very well represented here in Washington State. In many ways, I think of Paso Robles as the Washington of California. When I visited the region a few years ago, I found the culture of the wine industry there to be very similar to our own, and the winemaking style is somewhat similar as well, yet distinctly different. The wines of Paso Robles are a tremendous value, and often can go toe to toe with a big bold red from Napa for half the price, which is certainly the case for today’s Broadside Cabernet Sauvignon

Broadside Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles $14.99 (Regularly $18)

In the short time they’ve been around, the Broadside wines have been written up by the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Jon Bonne, and even been reviewed by Channing Tatum and Snoop Dogg. Husband and wife team Brian and Stephanie Terrizzi run the show as owners and operators, with Brian focused on the winemaking and Stephanie on the viticulture. Stephanie has degrees in enology, chemistry, and plant science, and was recently nominated as winegrape grower of the year in San Luis Obispo County. Brian spent several years making wine for others in Italy, Sonoma, and Santa Barbara County, before the couple decided to start a home and a winery in Paso Robles

Wine Enthusiast Magazine has called Broadside, “A go-to brand for everyday sipping,” and personal I agree. It’s a smooth and easy drinking wine with lots of deep dark color. Pretty aromas jump out of the glass immediately, showcasing the popular style of ripe and dense reds which Paso Robles has come to be known for. There are scents of menthol, blueberries, and dark cherries on the nose. The palate is velvety smooth, with flavors of stewed plums, raspberry jam, Chambord liqueur, trailed by hints of cedar, cola, and leather.

Broadside Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Broadside Winery 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

Click here to order the Broadside Paso Robles Cabernet

Region: Santa Margarita Ranch & Estrella District Sub Regions, Paso Robles AVA, California

Grape(s): Cabernet Sauvignon

Aging: 14 Months in Neutral French & American Oak

Drinkability: Now through 2020

Body: Full

Alcohol: 13.9% by volume

Drink This if you Like: Argentine Malbec, Napa Cab, California Zinfandel



Wish Wine Co. 2011 Zinfandel

Wishing Impulse: Wish Wine Co. 2011 Zinfandel

Fellow wine lovers, we can all use a wish now and again, and no doubt many wine lovers are always wishing it was easier to find good and affordable wines. With Wish Wine Co. you can consider your wish granted.

Last year, we had a sweetheart deal on a Zinfandel by Wish Wine Co., and that deal is back again for round two. A small winery founded by David Bender- my good pal, and fellow local Sommelier- Wish Wine Co. is focused on making affordable wines, and utilizing earth friendly practices, such as their sustainably farmed vineyards in Mendocino California.

Wish Wine Co. 2011 Zinfandel $12.99 (Regularly $17)

You won’t run out of wishes, so long as your cellar is well stocked. On the back of every bottle reads the Wish Wine Co. mantra, ““Thee Who Has The Bottle’s Final Drips Is Entitled To A Single Wish,” granting a wish every time you finish a bottle.

Coming from the slightly cooler climates of the Mendocino, California, the Wish Wine Co. Zinfandel is lighter than a typical California Zinfandel, not quite as big and jammy. It’s more restrained, with less oak, while still tasting like a classic Zin. It has notes of strawberry preserve and red plums, with hints of bramble and wild berry vines. It’s medium bodied, and easy drinking, with the more elegant style lending better to being drank with food than a lot of other Zins- still great by itself too.

A great value at $12.99, down from its typical $17 tag. Only 400 cases were made, and we have just 4 cases available to offer.

Click here to order the Wish Wine Co. Zinfandel
Wish Wine Co. 2011 Zinfandel

Region: North Coast, Mendocino, California
Vineyard: Estate Vineyards
Grape: Zinfandel
Drinkability: Now through 2016
Body: Medium
Alcohol: 14.5% by volume
Food Pairings: Roast Beef, Prime Rib
Production: 400 cases
Availability: 4 cases

Best Wishes


Pillow Road Vineyard 2007 Pinot Noir

Fellow wine lovers, I just found an outstanding wine with a really deep discount, nearly half off.
One of my favorite Napa wineries is Ladera on Howell Mountain, and I wanted to feature one of their Cabernets, but then I discovered that they have a side project. The owners, wanting to make Pinot Noir, ventured out to the Russian River Valley where they landed on the Pillow Road Vineyard, just fifteen miles from the coast. Here the ocean provides for soft foggy mornings and cool breezy nights, helping shield the Pinot Noir grapes from too much sun and heat, which would cause over ripening. Pillow Road Vineyard is on the highly coveted sandy, loamy, soils of the Goldridge district which regulate perfectly the amount of moisture reaching the vines.

Pillow Road Vineyard 2007 Pinot Noir

The 2007 vintage was the vintage of the decade in many parts of California, including the Russian River Valley. They’re now on to the 2010 vintage of this wine, so the 2007 is a really sweet find, and at an amazing price.

Pillow Rd Pinot NoirIt may say Pillow on the label, but this isn’t a wine to put you to sleep. It’s very much so awake with flavors of muddled strawberries, Belgium chocolate, cherries, and dried rose petals. Drinking beautifully right now, at 6 years old, and it’s incredibly smooth on the palate.

Fermentation takes place in 1 ton open top vessels with native yeast. They punch down 7 times a day for extra complexity; most people only do 2-3 per day. Aged for 11 months in 34% new French oak barrels and 66% used French oak barrels, and gravity racked. They don’t use any pumps to move the wine in order to keep it from getting damaged.

The 2007 was originally $47, and the current vintage is now $50, but today we have it for only $24.99. There’s only 11 bottles available, there were 12 but I drank one. Sorry…