Born in Michoacan, Mexico, winemaker Edgar Torres has lived in the coastal town of Cambria, California since the age of 8. As it seems to happen to many people who live close to Paso Robles, he fell in love with wine and decided to make his livelihood in the wine business. Hey…can you blame him?!? He has worked with many of the superstars of the Central Coast, including Matt Garretson, Augie Hug, and Alta Maria Vineyards. Today, he is the assistant winemaker at Barrel 27, and works alongside one of our best friends, McPrice Myers (what a mentor!), when Edgar isn’t tinkering on his own wines. We sampled his latest releases a few months ago, and they really knocked our socks off! The intensity of these wines are rivaled by few here in the United States, and we suggest you check out what Edgar can do!
This Westside Paso Robles vineyard has always been utilized in Edgar's Tempranillo blends, but this is the first time it will be showcased on its own. We are very excited to treat all of you to this joven (young), expressive Tempranillo with a beautiful, rich nose that displays notes of cherry jam, goat cheese, green meadow and oak. While it's bold in flavor, it's smooth and easy to drink. Pairs well with pizza and any red meat. Drink now or age 5-10 years!
For Russell P. From, Paso is a place to push new frontiers in the exploration of full-force flavor. Milk and Honey is a blend of 34% Tempranillo, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Syrah, 14% Petit Verdot, and 6% Grenache, and exposes the best of the promised land. Tempranillo was chosen as the base of this blend due to its similarity to one of Paso's new keystone varietals, Grenache, while also giving a nod to the region's stylistic similarities to Ribero del Duero. While Paso is an emerald city for some, it is also home to derelicts and grifters and ne'er–do–wells, for whom the artwork is an homage.
Russell writes his tasting notes like a story, and this one reads: "As you journey El Camino de Santiago de Compostela through the spectacular Galician countryside, you take respite in a quaint hamlet whose inhabitants welcome you with warm smiles and amazing refreshment. Beef Cecina dipped in olive oil, hearty bean stew and acorn-fed Jamon. A voluptuous local woman o.ers you the wine from the vineyard on the hillside. As you taste the paprika-spiced oak, you wonder if you could end the journey here, lost in the eyes of this dark-haired beauty. Instead, it is a cup of Cafe con Queimada and a few hours of daylight to go. The journey continues, regardless of the destination."
A blend of 56% Tempranillo, 24% Grenache, and 20% Graciano, Beyond Category is a wine for collectors and enthusiasts alike, being the most stand out cuvee amongst its peers. Its distinction and finesse are noticeable with the first sip; Graciano fills the mid-palate with electricity and tension, complimenting the silken and brilliant textures of Law Estate's Tempranillo. Experience the infinite balance of violet and dark fruits, in a symphony of ample, yet silky and exceptionally well-integrated tannins. Chalk this blend up to a classic that will test your patience in not opening immediately.