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Paso Robles comes through again, making for a memorable Fourth of July pairing


By Dean Jackson (aka Deano Vino, follow him on Instagram @deanovinoc14h1203)

This Fourth of July weekend was a little bittersweet for me in that it was a three-day weekend, but my wife had to work, my best friend was out of town and my Pit Boss Smoker was on the the fritz. So, I had to kick it old school and break out my Weber grill and fire up the charcoal. The bitter was not going to keep Lisa and me from celebrating the birthday of this great country of ours.
The 2018 Treana cabernet sauvignon from the Paso Robles region of California was my choice with a great grilled tomahawk ribeye, pork chops, and a black-eyed pea salad we prepared. I have posted before about the Paso Robles region in California, and it is no secret that this is one of my top six favorite wine regions in the world. This wine exemplifies why Paso Robles is a world-class wine region.

After about an hour of decanting, this wine proved to have a rich purple dark color with a robust and powerful flavor structure. It had great aromas of fresh ground coffee, leather, vanilla, lead pencil and dark plummy fruit that filled your nose and awakened the senses. Sweet vanilla, black pepper, exotic spices and layered smoke coated the tongue just before a touch of acidity and medium tannin left a smooth silky finish that lingered for well over a minute. This is a blend of 93 percent cabernet sauvignon, 4 percent petite syrah, 3 percent merlot, with a whopping 14.5 percent alcohol. What a great match for the steak.

The Hope family company began in 1978, when the Hope family moved to Paso Robles and planted apple trees and grapevines on a property in the Templeton Gap. They began selling grapes to Chuck Wagner at Caymus for his Liberty School brand, and eventually bought the brand from him in 1995. For around $30, this is a great bargain and worth laying down a few to start drinking 10 years from now.
Happy Late Fourth of July, y'all. CHEERS!!
Thank You for Indulging me in my passion.
Deano Vino