2020 Nacimiento Lake Dr, Paso Robles, CA, USA
www.chroniccellars.com - (805) 237-7848
Chronic Cellars Paso Robles Reviews
Get Chronic May 24, 2010
I am not sure how many times I passed the place because I was looking for one of those big impressive Spanish styled tasting rooms with tons of sculptures and free flowing fountains, but to my surprise, parking in a dusty lot and making my way up to a simple small ranch home sitting off the road. I figured that it was probably a pretty good place considering the the guys who started this and confirmed by the people walking out with cases. I guess that is a good sign since this place has only been around since 2008.
The tasting room has a mountain cabin feel - wood everywhere, tall ceilings, large fireplace - nothing fancy, though they did have a nice pool table. Less we forget that big sofa in the corner. The wine bar was staffed this day by a young man who had a really good knowledge of the wines and the people behind them. He was also the guys how had some pretty impressive photos for sale in the tasting room. I can’t remember for the life of me what his name was, but he was great. The small wine bar offered a really nice feeling. You were right up there in this guys face and so I guess he had to give it to us straight. He poured a variety of wines including:
"La Muneca" - a white blend of Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, Roussanne, and Viognier. Rich melon and pear fruit flavors, floral bouquet, and a zinger of a finish. A great way to start.
"Purple Paradise" - A Zinfandel with a touch of Petite-Sirah. Very fruit forward with ripe raspberries and white pepper - solid and one of the best bangs for your buck.
"El Perfecto" - Tempranillo-Zinfandel blend - a nice round-mouth feel here, with smoky blackberries and just the right amount of spiciness. A great food wine.
"Dead Nuts Zinfandel" - Even more layered than the "Purple Paradise," this is a notch above it with dark fruits that taste like they've been grilled on hickory planks. A must try.
"Sofa King Bueno" - Syrah, Petite-Sirah, Grenache, Mourvedre (I mean who makes a GSM blend with Petite-Sirah?) It's everything you want in a let's-just-chill-sipper: spice, balanced black and red fruits, rich and lush mouth feel - and of course the coolest name ever for a wine.
"Suite Petite" - Even though it features artwork of a bohemian chick on the label this is a manly, massive 100% Petite-Sirah. Imagine the whiff of the best greasy spoon breakfast - blueberries and bacon and the taste of juiciest blackberries. My favorite of favorites.
The wines are all reasonably priced ($14 to $30) and feature amazing Day of the Dead inspired artwork by Joe Kalionzes on the labels.
Check 'em out! You'll be Sofa King happy.
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