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november 2014  /  the tasting panel  /  89 Caliza Winery 2012 Kissin' Cousins, Paso Robles ($28) Silky and bright- white, with tangy fruit and lovely balance; deep and rich; long and lovely. 60% Roussanne, 40% Viognier. 90 DAOU Vineyards & Winery 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Paso Robles ($56) Rich, dark and deep with velvety texture and dense blackberry, blueberry and spice; smooth chocolate, toasty vanilla oak and ripe, juicy style; complex, balanced, layered and long. 94 Denner Vineyards 2012 The Dirt Worshipper, Paso Robles ($65) Smoky and dense with roasted bacon and spice; rich and intense with great depth and style. 95% Syrah, 3% Viognier, 2% Rousanne. 94 Denner Vineyards 2012 Mother of Exiles, Paso Robles ($68) Lush plum, cassis and spice with juicy intensity; vivid and powerful without being heavy. 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% Petit Verdot, 5% Merlot. 93 Epoch Estate Wines 2013 White, Paso Robles ($35) Smooth and ripe with creamy texture and full depth, boasting peachy notes; long, minerally and lovely. 52% Grenache Blanc, 39% Viognier, 9% Roussanne. 90 Epoch Estate Wines 2011 Ingenuity, Paso Robles ($65) Lively acidity and tangy blackberry fruit balanced by deep, earthy qualities. 55% Syrah, 17% Grenache, 15% Mourvèdre, 13% Petite Sirah. 93 Falcone Family Vineyards 2010 Syrah, Paso Robles ($30) Another stun- ning effort from John Falcone; juicy and lush with dense plum and blackberry fruit; velvety texture, sweet oak, mocha and great finesse; tangy, generous and long. 92 J. Lohr 2009, Cuvée POM Vineyard, Paso Robles ($50) A warm and rich Pomerol from Paso; supple plum, cassis and blueberry tones; long and deep. 59% Merlot, 26% Petit Verdot, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon. 93 Jada Vineyard & Winery 2013 XCV, Paso Robles ($35) Golden rich color; dense and creamy with extracted, intense flavors; aromatic and long. 52% Roussanne, 31% Grenache Blanc, 17% Viognier. 91 Jada Vineyard & Winery 2010 Syrah, Jersey Girl, Paso Robles ($46) Dark and rich with deep berry fruit and spice; ripe and feral with lovely depth and style; long and vibrant. 93 Jada Vineyard & Winery 2012 Hell's Kitchen, Paso Robles ($54) Ripe, juicy blackberry and spice; earthy and show- ing vanilla oak; rich and meaty, long and balanced. 55% Syrah, 27% Grenache, 17% Mourvèdre, 0.5% Viognier, 0.5% Roussanne. 93 Jada Vineyard & Winery 2012 WCS Tannat, Paso Robles ($75) Great acid structure and depth; ripe plum and soft spice; smooth and showing vanilla oak and lovely balance; long and seamless. 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. 95 Linne Calodo 2012 Rising Tides, Paso Robles ($64) Silky and lush with spice, black raspberry and notes of earth; smooth, seamless and balanced. 37% Grenache, 34% Syrah, 29% Mourvèdre. 91 Linne Calodo 2012 Nemesis, Paso Robles ($78) Gobs of black raspberry and cassis; smooth and earthy, rich and long. 72% Syrah, 21% Mourvèdre, 7% Grenache. 94 Niner Wine Estates 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon, Bootjack Ranch, Paso Robles ($35) A lovely place of plum, spice and black raspberry; balanced, dusty and long. 4% Syrah, 5% Merlot, 4% Petite Sirah, 2% Malbec. 92 Niner Wine Estates 2012 Vineyard Select Carmenère, Bootjack Ranch, Paso Robles ($60) Smoky and dense with green pepper and spice, blackberry and cassis; rich, deep and balanced. 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. 91 Rangeland Wines 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles ($35) Soft and herbal with ripe plum and spice; smooth, round and balanced. 5% Merlot. 91 Tablas Creek 2011 Espirit de Tablas Blanc, Paso Robles ($40) A lovely, complete Rhône-style white with depth, richness and minerality over a core of juicy green apple and citrus. 64% Roussanne, 26% Grenache Blanc, 10% Picpoul Blanc. 92 Tablas Creek 2012 Mourvèdre, Paso Robles ($40) This vari- ety—also known as Mataro—is usually just used for blending; this shows that it can be quite lovely on its own. Toasty and spicy with ripe berry fruit and earthy notes; juicy, tangy and balanced with a long finish. 91 Thacher 2011 GSM, Paso Robles ($42) Generous spice, plum, cassis and blackberry; long and showing vanilla and excellent balance. 42% Grenache, 35% Syrah, 23% Mourvèdre. 92 The Farm Winery 2010 Cardinal, Paso Robles ($90) Herbal nose, deep and rich with elegant, refined style; smooth and long. 93% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec. 92 COURTESY OF PASO ROBLES WINE COUNTRY ALLIANCE

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