Grape Escape: Paso Robles



Daou Discovery Rose, Paso Robles 2021 Daou Discovery Rose is fresh and delightful. Made in the style of Provence but using Grenache and Sauvignon Blanc, the wine is bursting with crushed rose petal, lemon chiffon pie, and ripe pears. Perfect for patios in springtime.
Daou Vineyards, Sequentis Reserve Merlot, Paso Robles 2019 The Sequentis Merlot may be my favorite wine from the Daou portfolio. It has structure with a softness that makes it perfectly sippable, whereas I find that the Cabernet Sauvignons, while outstanding, demand food.
Daou The Pessimist, Red Blend, Paso Robles 2021 Love The Prisoner? Meet its 20% cheaper cousin, DAOU The Pessimist. With 76% Petite Sirah, 12% Zinfandel, 10% Syrah, and a pinch of 2% Lagrein, it’s a vibrant blend. Rich, dark berries with a spicy sweetness make this a must-sip. Embrace the pessimist, savor the optimism.
Opolo Mountain Zinfandel, Paso Robles 2021 I have always enjoyed Opolo wines. Their Zinfandel is absolutely incredible, and frankly, for a long time, was what I thought about when I considered quality wines from the Paso Robles Region. The hospitality at the winery was unsurpassed, and with a ‘come as you are’ welcome. The focus was on us as buyers and less on telling their story. After a day of jotting notes furiously and trying to absorb as much information as possible between tastings, it was lovely to sit and gently sip on a glass of wine simply for enjoyment’s sake. Winemaker, Chris Rougeot, encouraged us to return one day for ‘Grape Stomp,’ their harvest party in the style of the iconic scene from ‘I Love Lucy,’ or just a visit looking out over their mountainous vineyards. I invite you to clink glasses and toast ‘Opolo!’ There is something joyous about the name. It makes me smile.
Opolo Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 2021 As the deep ruby elixir graces your senses, you’ll be greeted with a bouquet of aromas, embracing you with hints of dark fruits and a touch of oak. Upon the first taste, a smooth and velvety texture unfolds, accompanied by notes of rich, milky chocolate mingling with subtle undertones of vanilla and caramel. This harmonious blend of flavors is a true delight for those seeking a wine that seamlessly marries strength with finesse.
Austin Hope Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles 2021 This wine showed itself to be one of the best when placed next to other wines from the region. Although the alcohol is high (15%), you don’t realize it unless you check the bottle. The palate is smooth with milky chocolate notes of vanilla and caramel.