Ayden Tyler Pasorosso 2016, Paso Robles
You would end up here. As if a cadre of mad scientists were hunkered down in a lab trying to figure out how to channel the spirits of three wildly popular red wines, Ayden Tyler Pasorosso became their brainchild. This blend of petite sirah and cabernet sauvignon aged in French oak barrels for 15 months manages to take-on the wildly exotic and silky flavors of grenache and the zest of zinfandel while still maintaining its foothold in the more brooding and structured petite and cabernet. In a recent blind tasting it managed to stump all but one discerning palate-all others guessed about 10 different grape varieties. The oak is by no means overdone and in many ways the wine takes on somewhat of an amenable personality disorder as the flavors move about the palate making conversations of various topics depending on where in the mouth it converses.
Suffice it to say this is a conundrum of a wine that is more than merrier to make nice with a variety of spicy (think slow roasted carnitas) or grilled fare. Even when slightly chilled it managed to curl up perfectly next to pan fried salmon like a pro, again deftly proving its chameleon-esque adaptability. If you’re a fan of Meiomi pinot noir, Caymus cabernet sauvignon, Conundrum red, and The Prisoner (pre 2013), this premier Paso Robles mash-up is your type of wine! 122 cases produced.