As luck would have it, Robert was there and he stopped by to say hello and visit with us while taking a break from the demands of harvest. Server Andrew took great care of our group and concluded our tour with a visit to the member's lounge.
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.