The fruit came largely from Paso Robles' Westside Hills, but contributions were also made by Napa Valley, Alexander Valley, Sonoma Valley, Amador, Lodi and Marin County. Specific vineyard sites include Gravity Hills, Dusi Vineyard, Hastings Ranch, Paso Ono Vineyard, Terra Bella, Clevenger Ranch, Shadow Canyon, and Alta Colina.
The interesting label art wraps around the bottle and depicts what seems to be a variety of "going for broke" facial expressions in what is likely a coastal California Gold Rush scene.
Winemaker McPrice Myers says the de-stemmed grapes were fermented in stainless steel and small open-top bins with 20 days of skin contact. Aging took place over 12 months in mostly neutral French oak barrels. Alcohol is up there - 15.2% abv - and the retail price is $25.
The medium-dark wine smells of ripe, red fruit dotted with peppery, herbal notes. There are whiffs of vanilla, cedar and cigars as well. The palate shows the red berries plainly, along with a tongue-tingling acidity and toothy tannins. A lengthy decant is useful, if not required, before enjoying. Pair the wine with the red meat of your choice.