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Wine Recommendation

Wine: Doce Robles 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon , Estate (Paso Robles)

Doce Robles Winery & Vineyard

2002 Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate
(Paso Robles)

Jimmy and Maribeth Jacobsen, owners and winemakers at Doce Robles, are farmers first and foremost. They grew up in the agricultural epicenter of the universe, the Central Valley of California. More specifically, they were raisin farmers in Selma until the raisin market crashed: or perhaps, more fittingly, shriveled up. That was just about the time the wine grape market began its meteoric rise, and everyone, even beer drinkers, began to drift towards wine.

Knowing they needed to do something different, the Jacobsen’s started checking out the possibility of growing different kind of grapes. They were shrewd enough to buy vineyard property in Paso Robles, right on Hiway 46. The rolling hills, great soil and fabulous sun exposure made it ideal for a nice mix of reds, not the least of which is their Cabernet Sauvignon.

Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine was aged for 30 months in French and American oak. Aromas are plum, cedar and dried cherries. There’s also a delightful hint of Christmas stolen: slightly yeasty with whiffs of citron and almonds. On the palate, the flavors are all about cherries, of all kinds: dried, tart and fresh, plus crisp-ripe apricots, tangy cranberries and almond extract. It’s quite a bit lighter than most Cabs from this region: amazingly, this one features good acidity and nice fruit flavors, with a very creamy finish that brims with currants. This wine is lovely with a lean pot roast cooked in rosé wine with onions, carrots, fennel and parsnips, finished off with a touch of orange zest.

(Alc: 12%, Retail: $20)

Reviewed December 19, 2006 by Laura Ness.

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The Wine

Winery: Doce Robles Winery & Vineyard
Vineyard: Estate
Vintage: 2002
Wine: Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation: Paso Robles
Grape: Cabernet Sauvignon
Price: 750ml $20.00

Review Date: 12/19/2006

The Reviewer

Laura Ness

A wine writer and wine judge for major publications and competitions around the country, Laura Ness likens wine to the experience of music. She is always looking for that ubiquitous marriage of rhythm, melody, and flawless execution. What is good music? You know it when you get lost in it. What is good wine? It is music in your mouth.