WINE of the WEEK – PROULX – 12/30/11

Proulx (pronounced “Pru“) is a small (1500 case) family-owned (winemaker Kevin and wife Genoa Riley) winery in Paso Robles producing exciting wines from grapes sourced from Genoa Riley’s family’s Wet Side Paso Robles vineyard and others. Combining Caberernet Sauvignon and Merlot with a high persentage of Petite Verdot and Petite Syrah makes for a typical Paso red in the tradition of Linne Calado, l’Aventure, and Viña Robles among others.

PROULX “Merveille” Red Blend, Paso Robles, 2008 
Tech Note: 14.8% Alcohol. A blend of 44% Cab Sauv, 30% Petite Verdot, 14% Merlot, and 12% Petite Sirah aged 21 months in 12% new French oak barrels, 6% new Hungarian oak barrels, 4% new American oak barrels, 78% Neutral oak barrels.     Sensory Note:  Deep purple red iin color with well-formed legs; dry, full-bodied with balanced acidity and chewy phenolics. Big, rich, supple, lovely in the mouth. Lots of mostly black fruit with fine spice, supple oak, note of tobacco, hint of dry chocolate.      Bear Note: Tastes like Paso Robles in the very best possible way. YUM. Satisfying but brilliant in the mouth. BS: 92+. ($21.00 per 750ml)

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