Paso Robles’ ‘Passion for Cabernet’ Delivers Delicious


photo copy 3On a late April morning, a group of Paso Robles wine enthusiasts gathered to explore and celebrate the sturdy grape of Cabernet Sauvignon.

The day was brought about by the Paso Robles CAB Collective, founded in 2012, with the goal of striving to promote the full potential of the Paso Robles AVA in producing superior quality, classic, and age-worthy Cabernet and Bordeaux varietals.

The morning started with a seminar moderated by Steve Heimoff, and featuring the areas’s most acclaimed Cabernet brands.

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Daniel Daou

Winemaker Steve Peck of J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines, Winemaker David Galzignato of Jada Vineyard and Winery, Winemaker Scott Shirley of Justin, Winemaker Kevin Willenborg of Vina Robles, Owner and Winemaker Daniel Daou of Daou Vineyards and Winery. Owner/Enologist Gary Eberly of Eberly Winery.

Over a nearly 90 minute discussion, the following wines were enjoyed.

Daou: 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Eberle: 2009 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon; J Lohr: 2010 J. Lohr Hilltop Cabernet Sauvignon; Jada: 2010 Passing By; Justin: 2009 Isosceles; Vina Robles: 2009 Mountain Road Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Daou’s winemaker Daniel Daou brought up the benefit of Paso’s calcareous soil which gives minerality to the process allowing the fruit to hang longer without having to add acidity.

J Lohr’s winemaker Steve Peck spoke up about his thoughts on Bordeaux. “Dry vintages from Bordeaux tend to be best – not the moist.”

Chris Taranto of Paso Robles Wine Country Alliance

Jada Vineyard and Winery detailed further. Their winemaker David Galzignator explained how the 4,000 case winery has evolved since it’s founding in 1998. Their first Cabernet blend was 50/50 Rhone and Bordeaux in 2005. What he learned: switching to smaller bins for less juicing.

After the discussion, a general tasting opened up featuring Adelaida Cellars, B&E Vineyard, Chateau Margene, Hammersky, L’Aventure, Parrish Family Vineyard, Record Family Wines, Robert Hall Winery, Sextant Wines, Venteux Vineyards.