Straight Out of Paso Red Rhone Blend 2018

“Straight out of Paso” Red Rhone Blend is created by Edgar Torres with his winery Bodega de Edgar. Bodega is the Spaniard term for winery or cellar. Considering his Hispanic heritage and passion for Spanish wines, the brand name seemed a natural fit. Edgar’s wine journey started as a waiter in Paso Robles. It was there he was exposed to many great wine producers. Several became friends and eventually opened their doors to Edgar’s learning desires. He began his journey as a Cellar Rat, and moved on to learn the many different aspects of the wine industry. Encouraged by his friends and having maintained a real fervor for the grape, Edgar and his wife Erika founded Bodega de Edgar in 2007. 

Bodega de Edgar began producing just 250 cases and are now approaching 3,500 cases with the 2018 vintage. His focus is and always has been sourcing the highest quality fruit to produce the best wines, while still maintaining an affordable price point. If you’re a fan of Spanish wines, inquire about his Tempranillo and Priorato, they are a must try!

“Straight out of Paso” is a blend of Syrah, Grenache, Zinfandel, and Mourvedre. This juicy, ready to enjoy now wine dials down the tannins and spotlights the black fruit flavors of blackberry and plum. It has a very bold mouthfeel and notes of fine black pepper, anise, cherry, strawberry, and butterscotch. It is smokey, savory, and rich. Very complex but very smooth. This wine can age for up to 10 years but we are enjoying it now.

The red fruit flavors in this blend mimic the tartness of cranberry sauce and match well with autumn spices such a clove, allspice, and cinnamon. The cranberry sauce will dance across your palate during dinner with this wine matching the bright acidity and bitter edge to the Rhone flavors in the wine. The dark fruit in this wine also creates a savory quality that would complement the warm autumn spices in your pumpkin pie. 

Jennie Kaplan Woodson – November 2020

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