Patrick McNeil 'Grape Tamer' Paso Robles 2013 Red Wine, $11.89-$34.99, 90 points, poured broadly black with a ruby transition before the thin transparent wine ring and very leggy glass bowl.
Aromatic leather, ripe black raspberry, cedar, and a restrained rose were unusual and pleasant.
Full-bodied with good acidity and an underlayment of round soft tannins lent themselves toward a tracking translation of the aromas.
Finished long on the trailing palate, licorice, plum, black pepper, and a well-balanced 14.5% alcohol.
Varietals are 52% Grenache, 32% Petite Sirah, 12% Zinfandel, and mysterious dollop(s).
Paired perfectly with our spiced-rubbed rare Angus rib eye steak.
This close-out sale at the NHLSO was remarkable; a worthy wine at the full price.
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