Polished, vibrant and distinctive, our 2012 Project Paso Cabernet Sauvignon features an aromatic nose lled with blackberry, sweet leather and undertones of smokiness. Hints of Belgian milk chocolate, nutmeg and black pepper add complexity to the supple fruit prole. Black currants and fresh g compromise the core of this rich wine, while mochascented oak lingers throughout the wonderfully tannic nish. The mouth-watering acidity in the mid-palate will pair nicely with many cuisines. Enjoy with succulent braised short ribs, pan roasted veal chops with chanterelle mushrooms or lasagna with a hearty Bolognese sauce.
Project Paso Winery
Project Paso is an exciting venture for the Don Sebastiani & Sons. While the Paso Robles area has been producing wine for over 200 years, the area is just now gaining recognition among wine aficionados for its distinctive character. In 1990 there were fewer than 20 wineries in Paso Robles. Today there are more than 200—and the area is now the fastest-growing AVA in California.
For over 30 years, Don Sebastiani & Sons have been partnering with well-known Paso Robles grape-grower Sam Balakian to source the grapes that we’ve used to add depth and complexity to many of our California wines. As interest in the region continued to grow, they knew the time was right to craft a Paso Robles-centric family of wines that would truly showcase this emerging region. Whenever the idea came up, they would casually refer to it as "Project Paso". When the wines were finished, we just couldn’t imagine calling them anything else, and with that Project Paso was born.
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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.
Grape 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.
It'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.
Most 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 & Crisp
Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.