My apologies to the Ortman Family for this long overdue wine review. As many know, I am a big fan of Paso Robles, and had the opportunity to visit Lisa and Matt at the tasting room earlier this year. I encourage you to stop in if ever in Downtown Paso Robles. They make great wines, and the tasting room is fun, lively, and hospitable. Wine isn’t just a beverage, its an experience.or
The O2 Line Up
The 02 label is a series of affordable wines ($18-20) that are well made, interesting, easy to drink, good quality. Current release includes a 2009 Central Coast Chardonnay, a 2008 Paso Robles Sangiovese, and the 2007 SLO County Cuvee Eddy, a red Rhone blend.
I will be reviewing all three, starting tonight with the Cuvee Eddy Rhone blend. (Shocking I’d pick that one I know!)
A red Rhone blend consisting of 42% Syrah, 30% Grenache, 19% Mourvèdre, 9% Petite Sirah. (The latter always debated if a Rhone, but let that slide. ) This wine seems clearly intended to be pleasant, fruit expressive and easy to drink. I am usually good at pulling out Rhone individual varietal components, but these are quite integrated.
Color: Dark Red/Purple. Clear
On the Nose: Blueberry, Black fruit, a touch of smoke, meat.
On the Palate: Berries and bright red fruit. This release is straightforward, and incredibly easy to drink, well balanced, and enjoyable. There are times when I want something layered, complex, to pull apart an mull over. Other time I just want a wine I can open, quaff and enjoy. I like the easy finish, lack of oak chip and tannin extract to crush your palate. Consumers need to experience wines that don’t have to hit you in the back of a head with a oak tannin bat – bigger doesn’t always mean better.
This fun, enjoyable red blend that goes down quite nicely alone, sitting on the couch with a book or a movie. Its versatility would pair it well with most meats, many pastas, or even a burger or BBQ.
Hard to beat for $20 retail. This review was from a media sample provided, but I did gladly buy and consume my own bottle when I visited. (And will again.)
89 Points, Recommended.
Enjoy, and Cheers!