Sextant Wheelhouse Paso Robles Zinfandel 2010
Zinfandel from Central Coast, California
Vintage after vintage, the Sextant Wheelhouse Zinfandel reveals itself with grace and potency. Delectable cherries flow freely on the mid-palate as plums, blackberries, and cranberries jostle on the back-palate. Inklings of smoky cedar, black olives, and spicy sage join the profile as well. It is bold and keen with flavors, but yet so balanced in structure. The acidity is poised and the tannins are finely integrated giving way to an unrelenting, enduring, and monumental finish.
Wine Spectator - "Dense and ripe, but shows plenty of finesse, with aromas of black cherry and toasty vanilla that lead to jammy but structured boysenberry, bay leaf and spice flavors."
San Luis Obispo always welcomes a new winery to its area but owners, Craig and Nancy Stoller are certainly not new to the industry. Craig is a third generation vine grower following in his father, Glen Stoller’s lead who founded the family owned and operated Sunridge Nurseries in 1977. Craig grew up working in the vineyards and greenhouses at the nursery and was fortunate to be a part of a household where wine was an everyday part of life and also a career.
Sextant Wines has had a great start and the wines are turning out terrific thanks to winemaker Kevin Riley. “He is the perfect fit for Sextant because of his incredible ability to evaluate the differences in wine grape clones and the wines that can be made from them” says Craig. Other people at the helm of Sextant Wines are Mindy Powers who is the company’s operations supervisor; Teresa Deleganna, our Tasting Room attendant and administration assistant; and Justin Meier, Cellar Master. "We have a great team who are enthusiastic and just as passionate about wine grapes and winemaking as I am" says Stoller.
Our goal is to provide high quality wines...another reason to celebrate Sextant’s nautical pinpoint of our great winegrowing location. View all Sextant Wines
About Central Coast
The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others.
Notable FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.