What's it knows for?
I always associate Paso Robles with Zinfandel, however the region also produces a lot of the same grapes you'd find in Spain, Bordeaux, Rhone and Italy. Paso Robles grows more than 40 grape varieties!
Also knows as "zin" for short. In general, I haven't particularly warmed up to this grape variety although I have tasted some delicious examples. They're just a little more hard to come by. We probably don't get a lot of the good stuff imported here to Ontario. I'd love to go to the annual Zinfandel festival in Paso Robles. It's held every March. It would be a great opportunity see what can be done with this grape.
Highlights of this grape include deep, rich ripe berry fruit that can sometimes lean to the jammy side, red licorice, dark chocolate and spice such as black pepper. Zinfandel thrives on heat. It can be a big, bold wine. It's not for the faint of heart!
For more information on Paso Robles: www.pasowine.com
In this current release of Vintages, there's a Zinfandel by McManis Family Vineyards. At $18.95, it's a basic, easy-drinking example. A good introduction to this grape.