About the Producer
The Paydirt wines represent the art of discovery, the act of going for broke, and the idea that risking it all brings about the greatest reward.
In terms of actual dirt, Paydirt is all about the chalky, alluvial, limestone-rich soils that pervade the western hillsides of Paso Robles. The west-side vineyards of Paso Robles are home to California’s most dramatic diurnal swings in temperature. The warm days partner with very cool nights to create rich, ripe, and flavorful wines balanced by higher natural acidity.
Vineyard sources include Gravity Hills, Dusi Vineyard, Hastings Ranch, Paso Ono Vineyard, Terra Bella, Clevenger Ranch, Shadow Canyon, and Alta Collina.
Patrick McNeil first brought the idea of Paydirt to Paso Robles in 2008. McPrice ‘Mac’ Myers was quickly identified as one of the most progressive winemakers in the area, and his respect for old world practices and new world wines made him the perfect fit for this very-California project.
Patrick has always enjoyed the creative side of the wine business. He is a brand-builder, a concept guy, and a major label geek. Paydirt, and the idea of risking it all for the greatest reward, describes his approach to winemaking, the wine business, and life in general.
Mcprice Myers is the humble, if not shy, winemaker-type whose talents are well documented by the wine cognoscenti-at-large. His wines are rich, focused, and highly expressive of the varietal and vineyard site.
Overview of the Wine
Going for Broke is about the "Art of Discovery" and the hunt for quality sites from the state’s early settlers. Patrick, the ultimate winemaking visionary, uses the history embedded in California’s vines to tell the story of a century and half of winemaking. “Regarding terroir, there is no wine that I am aware of that punctuates the terroir of California more than Paydirt and more than the Paydirt story.”
Like Patrick McNeil, we’ll place our bets on a style and terroir that has surpassed the test of time and trend. With depth, persistence, and vision, we see Paydirt as the next Prisoner, sold at the price of the cult classic's first release. With a track record that led to stardom and an unbeatable price, the Paydirt Going For Broke California Red is like a liquid goldmine, ready to be discovered.
Grape / Blend
81% Zinfandel, 6% Grenache, 4% Petite Sirah, 3% Syrah, 2% Barbera, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Mourvèdre
Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
The 2018 faultlessly combines 81% old vine Zinfandel with Grenache, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Mourvèdre, Barbera and Cabernet from top-sites including Dusi in Paso Robles, Bokisch in Lodi, and includes vineyards in Oak Knoll and St Helena. The nose is filled with ripe blackberries, smoked plum, orange relish, cranberry, blueberry compote, white pepper, and dark chocolate. The palate is round, juicy, and bursting with fresh- ness and concentrated red and dark fruit components. The finish is persistent, layered and vibrant, with a touch of spice.
90 Points - Jeb Dunnuck
Brambly herbs, plum, framboise, and violet notes emerge from the 2018 Going For Broke, which is a Zinfandel-dominated blend that includes small amounts of Grenache, Petite Sirah, Syrah, and Mourvèdre. Balanced and medium to full-bodied, with both richness and elegance, it’s a delicious drinker to enjoy over the coming 4-6 years or so.
Product size: 750ml