Earth & Spicy
Tasted twice (Late 2012, Late 2013). This is an excellent example of a fruity, approachable, easy-drinking GSM, provided courtesy of Tablas Creek, a producer defined by mellow, terroir-driven wines. It's a steal at this price. The style is almost anathema to the rest of Paso Robles. Minimal oak, nice earthiness mingled with juicy red fruit, fully exploiting the quality Mourvedre from the region (like France's Bandol). Unlike the "big and bold," alcohol-laden steroid syrahs and zins from other much heralded producers in the region, you can actually drink this wine and enjoy your food at the same time! Sweet!