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Dilecta Wines The Tiller 2012

Other Red Blends from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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15.2% ABV
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15.2% ABV

Winemaker Notes

Loaded with kirsch, blackberry liqueur, toast, dried underbrush and licorice, it hits the palate with a medium to full-bodied feel, layers of fruit and solid acidity.

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RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
A co-fermented blend of 65% Grenache and 35% Syrah, the 2012 The Tiller offers exotic notes of passion fruits, dried spices, sour cherries and spice in a medium to full-bodied, rounded, sweetly fruited and mouth-filling package. It will drink nicely for 4-5 years.
WS 90
Wine Spectator
Boldly flavored, with smoky blackberry and tar aromas, featuring ripe, dense flavors of blueberry, cracked pepper and graphite. The tannins are muscular but fleshy. Grenache and Syrah. Drink now through 2023. 125 cases made.
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Dilecta Wines, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Orion Stang, winemaker and owner of Dilecta Wines, began his career working under the guidance of Eric Jensen at Booker Vineyards, Paso Robles, CA in 2007. Orion quickly achieved the position of Assistant Winemaker, and Assistant Vineyard Manager, and at the completion of their 2011 vintage, he decided to leave Booker to start his own label. In the Fall of 2011, Orion established Dilecta Wines, and sharing space at Herman Story Winery, he prodcued his own first vintage. 2012 brought the advantage of working with Scott Hawley, of Torrin Wines. While working with Scott, an opportunity to be a part of a new project, Law Estate Wines developed, of which Orion Stang is currently involved.

Paso Robles

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Paso Robles has made a name for itself as a source of supple, powerful, fruit-driven wines wines. But with eleven smaller sub-AVAs, there is actually quite a bit of diversity to be found in this inland portion of California’s Central Coast.

Just east over the Santa Lucia Mountains from the chilly Pacific Ocean, lie the coolest in the region: Adelaida, Templeton Gap and (Paso Robles) Willow Creek Districts, as well as York Mountain AVA and Santa Margarita Ranch. These all experience more ocean fog, wind and precipitation compared to the rest of the Paso sub-appellations. The San Miguel, (Paso Robles) Estrella, (Paso Robles) Geneso, (Paso Robles) Highlands, El Pomar and Creston Districts, along with San Juan Creek, are the hotter, more western appellations of the greater Paso Robles AVA.

This is mostly red wine country, with Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel standing out as the star performers. Other popular varieties include Merlot, Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Grenache and Rhône blends, both red and white. There is a fairly uniform tendency here towards wines that are unapologetically bold and opulently fruit-driven, albeit with a surprising amount of acidity thanks to the region’s chilly nighttime temperatures.

Other Red Blends

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a fruity and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is naturally high in acidity and tannins. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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