Wine Review: 2011 Villa San Juliette Zinfandel, Paso Robles, California

I remember when the first reality show about wine, Corkscrewed: The Wrath of the Grape, debuted, we were really excited but not surprised the show was being filmed in Paso Robles. After watching the first few episodes, we also wondered how television producers Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe, proprietors of this winery would fare in Paso. Fast forward eight years, and now Ken and Nigel’s winery Villa San Juliette is making seriously tasty wine. 

The sample of Zinfandel the winery sent to Enobytes is truly the essence of Paso Robles wine in a bottle. Bold and expressive, but restrained and polite like a lively southern gentleman. The nose is a pronounced whiff of oaky smoke, Oregon blueberries and Australian licorice. Boisterous blue fruit and black pepper commandeer the flavor train all the way to through the long finish.

Forward acidity and pronounced tannins give this wine an edge when it comes to food pairings. Affording this wine a generous amount of breathing time will award you with a smooth, fun ride that only a Paso Robles Zinfandel can deliver.

Rating: Excellent (91) | $25 | 15.5% ABV

Villa San Juliette Zinfandel