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Thursday, September 01, 2011

2008 Halter Ranch Cotes De Paso

I'm generally not a huge fan of the wines from Paso Robles. Yes, I know that all of you wonderful enthusiasts that have been there are probably scoffing at that remark, but in all honesty I believe the majority of wines made in the region are uninspiring. What I generally find are wines that are big, ripe, fruit-driven, and high in alcohol. That being said, I will keep an open mind and keep searching for the wine(s) that will prove me wrong.

The Halter Rantes Cotes De Paso is a tribute to the France's Rhone Valley and is composed of 41% Grenache, 30% Mourvédre, 18% Syrah, 7% Counoise, and 4% Cinsault. It's a small production wine with only 650 cases produced in the 08' vintage.

This lightly colored red has a bouquet that expresses aromas of fresh wild raspberry, soil, dried herb, and subtle hints of coffee grind. The alcohol is unfortunately already noticeable on the nose.....

On the palate I get flavors of red raspberry, spice, raspberry jello, coco, and hints of oak. The wine is definitely fruit forward and very serviceable. However, the alcohol spikes on the finish and throws off the balance of the wine. This is something that just wouldn't happen with about 90% of the producers in the Rhone, and in particular Chateauneuf-du-Pape (which is what I think they were shooting for with this wine). 84 points

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