Barrel 27

Don’t let the industrial location on the east side of Paso Robles deter you from a visit to Barrel 27.  This winery makes some really wonderful wines, with a focus on Rhone varietals.  When I was planning my itinerary for my tastings on the this side of Paso Robles, multiple people recommended this winery so I am not the only one who is a fan.

Outside Barrel 27

My visit not only included tastings of some really great wines, but our pourer was extremely knowledgeable about the area and the history of the winery.  Wine geeks like me love to learn all the ins-and-outs so hopefully you can visit on a day when Nicole is there.  One thing I learned, for example, is that the Paso Robles area has extremely dramatic temperature swings from day to night. There could be a low in the 30s in the morning and afternoon highs in the 80s during the day.  The grapes love swings like this, and the climate plays a big role in why wines from this area are so good.

The first wine, the 09 High on the Hog White ($16) was a Rhone blend of Grenache Blanc, Viognier and Roussane.  I love this style of wine; it is soft on the palate from malolactic fermentation yet the winemaker did not mask the flavors of the grapes by fermenting in oak.  Great wine.

Inside Barrel 27

My favorites reds include the 09 L’Ange Rouge Grenache ($38).  This wine was very smooth with hints of dark fruit.  It had a richness as well from the partial whole clusters used in making the wine.  Next was the 09 McPrice Myers Altas Vinas (GSM blend with mostly Grenache, $38).  This wine has nice minerality for a red, with cocoa flavors and dark fruit.  And lastly, my favorite, the 07 Bull by the Horns (Syrah, Petite Verdot and Tempranillo, $32).  This silky and luxurious wine was full bodied and rich, with a nose to die for.

Definitely check out Barrel 27 next time you are in Paso Robles.  The wines are moderately priced and really showcase the loveliness that comes from Rhone varietals grown in this area.

Rating: 3 out of 4 – recommend




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