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Date Printed: 10/22/2014
Sextant Wheelhouse Paso Robles Zinfandel 2009
Sextant Wheelhouse Paso Robles Zinfandel 2009
(search item no. 111311)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
PRICE ON 10/22/2014: $18.29

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2010 Wine Spectator rating: 89 points
2008 Wine Spectator rating: 88 points
2007 Wine Spectator rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Boysenberries, black pepper, and the scent of sandalwood take center stage. There's intense but harmonious interaction, the nose and palate working together flawlessly. This wine is focused and zesty, as black plums and anise take their cue. The tannins deliver a firm, but very nuanced performance holding the ensemble together. Vibrant acidity contributes to a lively and flowing mouthfeel toward the Grande Finale, a persistent and satisfying finish. A resounding ovation can only be the result for the final act of a wine so well made.

Blend: 86% Zinfandel, 10% Syrah, 4% Petite Sirah

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About Sextant:

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.