The 2011 vintage had a tart cherry and cranberry nose and was earthy with a long finish. It's said to have been Plato's favorite varietal. The last offering of this group was the 2005 Chateau Porto Carras, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Limnio.
Al gave it a perfect five-star rating for both taste and value. Ken called it "big, hey there, slap you in the face." Chris liked the earthy nose with big dark berry fruit and long, creamy, lingering finish.
The Grand Tasting , the a culmination of a weeklong city-wide event focusing on engaging, educational and unique winemaker panels and testing seminars, was held at Windfall Farms, a 724-acre thoroughbred horse farm east of Paso Robles. The farm has a Kentucky- style feel with white walls, red brick and steeples.
The Grand Tasting is the finale of a 7–day epicurean delight—a food and wine (and this year beer) lover’s paradise, that showcases 170 wine and spirit purveyors and 70 of San Diego’s top chefs. Temecula wines were well represented. Callaway Winery, South Coast Winery, Wilson Creek Winery and Danza del Sol Winery and Europa Village were showcasing some of their latest releases.