Today we look at the 2009 Project Paso red blend from Paso Robles California, which costs around $11.
This is a second label from Sebastiani. It’s fun and flavorful, with an original personality that will save your life if you are bored to death with same-tasting California reds. In fact, it is all-around excellent for an $11 wine. At 14.8% alcohol, it will rock your block. This is party wine, people.
The fun begins with the funky new unwrappable rubber “cork”, built into the red/orange lid. Project Paso red blend smells like caramel. When first opened, it is reserved, with pleasurable medium-bodied texture but mysterious flavors. On Day 2 it blossoms, jammy, intense, and filled with deep dark fruit. Moderate tannins. Luscious black raspberry and cranberry flavors meet up with dark coffee and spices, spices, spices. All with a slight “dusty” quality. Brought to a dinner party recently, the bottle was quickly consumed.
A blend of grenache, zinfandel, petite sirah and mourvedre, Project Paso is a clear Best Value winner — hence the guy at the slot machine. It is enthusiastically: