Winemaker Doug Fabbioli is famous for sharing the limelight. He firmly believes his wines are the result not only of the winemaker but also the vineyard and winery team as well as the vines and their root stocks. To that end, he wrote in the technical notes that his farming team of Latino decent has taught him a lot over the years and this wine is a tribute to their knowledge and their friendship. According to Doug, Paco Rojo is a blend of different cultures without losing individual character or respect.
Doug also uses the Zork closure on this vintage (see Vincabulary)
In the glass this Chambourcin dominated blend (84% Chambourcin, 8% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Manseng) is deep and dark. The nose is filled with dark stone fruit including black cherry and plum.
The genteel attack leads to a midpalate that expands nicely to include pomegranate, raspberry and raisins. The medium length finish lingers with licorice and full jammy notes.
After the second tasting I paired this wine with a hearty spicy spaghetti dinner. I would also suggest well marbled beef, grilled eggplant or grilled portabella mushroom.
The 2010 Paco Rojo spent 15 months in oak giving it a strong aging potential. Drinking well now, I anticipate patient club members may be rewarded with increased complexity in 8 months.
DRINK NOW – DECEMBER 2014