His wines will be made for the market, but at the same time to his palate. He believes there's a place for sweet wines and rosés, as long as they're done right. He wants his wines to be food friendly, easy to drink and not out of reach on the budget.
Kevin Willenborg also comes to Paso from Napa and his resumé includes Petreus, Louis Martini and Francis Ford Coppola. His says the high diurnal variance in addition to the soil makes for a "creamier" wine. There's more roundness of the tannins in Paso he notes.
Recently, Sandi took a stack of clay pigeons, put them in the dishwasher and served the family dinner on them. John's wife Eloise exclaimed "We used to shoot those with guns!" Eloise, now 93, is an avid golfer, but Sandi says you'd best not play slowly in front of her. "You'll hear her bitch all night."
Of all the wines I tasted, the barrel sample of 2010 Pinot Noir from Frostwatch Vineyard & Winery blew me away. I had a nice visit with owner and winemaker Brett Raven and wound up ordering a case of this wine at a special futures offering. Trust me, that's rare for me.
Judi’s journey into winemaking dates back to getting grapes from Joe Hart before Hart Winery was bonded. She says “after 30 something years of tasting commercial wines, I think I can tell good from bad.” Jim simply says, “Go big or go home.”
On a dreary, rainy morning, Bob, Maggie, Laura and I climbed into Bob's pickup and checked out the incredible views from the vineyards. These young vines are producing sensational fruit and Bob is making superior wines.