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Wine:Joseph Filippi Winery & Vineyards 2004 Merlot Artist Series Reserve  (Paso Robles)

Joseph Filippi Winery & Vineyards

2004 Merlot Artist Series Reserve
(Paso Robles)

Gino Filippi is personally responsible for Cucamonga Valley becoming an American Viticultural Area. This southern California wine producing region has been long-overlooked. Brothers Joseph “J.P.” and Gino Filippi, and their winemaking team of Marc Lurton of Chateau Reynier in Bordeaux, Tish Cooper and Dr. Fred S. Nury, produce a wide spectrum of Cucamonga based wines as well as wines from other appellations. This rich, supple red, a Paso Robles appellation wine, is typical of that region.

Paso Robles Bordeaux varietals tend to show baked and dried fruit characters rather than the brighter berry, currant, plum, and leafy notes found in their counterparts in coastal and/or Northern California. Bright, vibrant and lightly saturated ruby, this wine has warm climate aromas of raisin, fig, and prune, along with cedar chest, maple, vanilla bean, bacon, and caramelized prosciutto notes. On the palate it is opulently fruity with dark bing cherry and blackberry, raisin, fig Newton, vanilla and orange zest. Oak tannins are well integrated until the finish, where the wine becomes chalky in texture. This would be delicious with braised veal with Portobello mushrooms, or with grilled venison.

Reviewed August 1, 2007 by Catherine Fallis.

The Wine

Winery: Joseph Filippi Winery & Vineyards
Vintage: 2004
Wine: Merlot Artist Series Reserve
Appellation: Paso Robles
Grape: Merlot
Price: 750ml $16.95

Review Date: 8/1/2007

The Reviewer

Catherine Fallis

Founder and President of Planet Grape LLC, a company committed to bringing the joy of wine, food, and good living into the lives of everyday people, Catherine is creator of the “grape goddess guides to good living,” a series of books, television presentations, seminars, and e-learning programs. The fifth woman in the world to become a Master Sommelier, grape goddess Catherine Fallis is still very much down-to-earth.