Friday, April 3, 2015

Face Off: *** ***+ $$Robert Hall Chardonnay (2014) versus Syrah (2012), Paso Robles, California

By way of background: Robert Hall Winery Hall Ranch comprises four estate vineyards on the east side of Paso Robles.  Today we'll sample current releases of Robert Hall's chardonnay and syrah:


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Original tasting and review : This is Robert Hall Chardonnay, Paso Robles, California, 2014, finished at 14% alcohol and first sampled just a few months from vintage date, in March, 2015.

In the glass: Very pale green olive color, glints of gold in the glass.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows bright, structured butterscotch with plenty of grass.  From the aroma, seems like this will be bright and rich.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact full and just slightly bright with peaches and nectarines.  An acid, laced but deep surround with some layered lightly funky (good way) fruit.

In summary: Overall, rates an easy three stars on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale and trying to stretch for a plus.  Might make it with a few more months in bottle.

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Original tasting and review : This is Robert Hall Syrah, Paso Robles, California, 2012, finished at 14.5% alcohol and first sampled three years from vintage date, in March, 2015.

In the glass: Deep ruddy burgundy, opaque from an inch in.

On the nose: Poured at room temperature and swirled vigorously, shows soft and sweet candied fruit, with some earthy grit backing it all up.  From the aroma, seems like this will be flavorful and BIG.

On the palate: The primary elements on the palate are in fact much as anticipated with bold plum fruit quickly supplanted by robes of grainier layers of black cherry.  Finish settles out slowly, leaving some warming heat in your cheeks.

In summary: Overall, rates three stars with a plus on the five-star Spirit of Wine scale.  Good value.

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