High Plateau in a Low Land

Bright staining ruby with considerable sediment.  Overt petrichor and aged beef over a spicy banana peel and obvious alcohol.  Blackberry preserves over a sarsaparilla base.  Viognier has in no way “thinned this out” or “watered it down”.  Gritty and grainy from the first sniff, it doesn’t take a break into the mouth, pulling sharp acidity and grating minerality hard in all directions, barely letting the considerable fruit up for air.  Edgy cinnamon wet leather tinge everything while muscular tannin obliterate all.  An impressive bargain effort and while far from one-dimensional, it lacks sophistication, playing–as much of Paso does–on muscular braggadocio rather than basic complexities more evolved appellations find effortless.

2011 ALTA COLINA Baja Colina GSM Paso Robles SY/GR/MV/VG 58/21/19/2  15-0
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