Derby Implico Paso Robles 2012

The Data

Country   USA

Appellation   Paso Robles

Varietal   Red Blend

Retail Price   $34

ABV   14.5%

In the Glass

Appearance

Brilliant, deep ruby/purple color.

Aromatics

The aromatics are very intense offering scents of black currant, black cherry, and plum with supporting notes of cigar box, thyme, and eucalyptus.

Flavor

The palate confirms the nose delivering a black fruit-driven core with flavors of cassis with supporting notes of anise, oak, and dried figs. The finish is long and lingering with firm tannins.

Intensity & Texture

Full-bodied and perfectly balanced with a chewy texture.

Cool Factor

A

We love boutique wineries that do it well using their first-rate grapes to produce wines with style and panache. We are new to the wines from Derby and we will follow them closely going forward.

Value Grade

B+

Sold in the middle $30 range this wine offers great value when compared to many of the Meritage wines offered from California. We find it to be a good deal.

Analysis

The Derby's thought that they were retiring in 1992 when they purchased what has become the Derbyshire Vineyard located just one and a half miles from the Pacific Coast. Like many in their position they got the wine bug and turned from grape growers to winemakers in 2008. The grapes were sourced from derby's Derby and Laura's Vineyards. This rich and sexy wine was made with a Bordeaux inspired blend of 34% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Petit Verdot, 16% Malbec, 13% Cabernet Franc, and 12% Merlot. It was aged in French oak, 40% new casks, for a period of 30 months. It is bottled unfined and unfiltered so if you have the patience to rest this wine in the cellar for five years or more it will most definitely require decanting. 91 points.

How to Enjoy

Please decant this wine to best discover the rich and complex flavors found in this wine. Serve with roasted leg of lamb or grilled lamb chops.

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