Overview of the Wine
Our goal is to make small amounts of fine red wines with the very best fruit from Westside Paso Robles (Adelaida and Willow Creek Districts).
We will always remain a small winery working with ultra-low yields of special fruit. We believe that the work done in the vineyards is critical. Year round, we walk the vineyards, feeling the slant of the sun, the feel of limestone soil, the durability of the vines.
This terroir, limestone and microclimates, combined with custom farming, where each vine is individually tended to produce but a few clusters so that our wine will get the fullest flavor of the berries.
We are a hands-on team in the vineyards, consistently custom farming the vines throughout the season. The first shoots, the fruit set, the canopy management, the pruning and dropping of fruit, attention to detail on the few clusters we leave on the vines - we want to capture the packed flavors of fruit that Mother Nature has yielded with our careful tending.
Your first sip of our wines is the reflection of the very senses in which we are enraptured. We want to share with you this heady scent of deep purple berries and hot limestone minerality that work the magic of sun and rain and fog and unpredictable wildness of Westside Paso.
Grape / Blend
43% Syrah, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Petit Verdot
Winemaker's Tasting Notes
Paso Robles, California
I always think of The Big Game as the Big-Lung-Wine. Because when I smell it, I wish my lungs went on forever. As I inhale, The Big Game nose shows me different facets of its aromas. Bright notes, warm leather, blueness, complexity, complexity, complexity! How I love this….. I could hold my nose in there forever.
The Big Game is NOT Bordeaux. It is not a tame, civilized blend. It is unquiet. It moves, it demands. It challenges. Layers of flavors dance in my mouth, demanding. Vibrating. Creating tension, requiring attention. Centered on freshness and vivacity, never a moment of boredom or repose. It’s an unconventional blend. I’ve always said: a guy in suit, but with a ponytail and a tattoo. This year it shows more minerality, a saline note that helps to meld and merge fruit and tannin into a vibrant shout of joy.
95 Points - Purely Domestic Wine Report
The nose is a dark plum, oily tapenade and peppercorn with traces of mint and crushed stone. The palate entry is bright and sleek red fruit with a cool core of balanced spice, herb and sandalwood finishing with dried plum and blackberry. Drink 2020 through 2033.
93 Points - Vinous
Dark purple. Powerful black and blue fruit, exotic spice and floral scents pick up olive and cracked pepper nuances as the wine opens up. This is definitely showing the Syrah. In a weighty, broad-shouldered style, offering bitter cherry, blueberry preserve and chewing tobacco flavors along with suggestions of spicecake and smoky bacon. Finished very long and supple, with fine-grained tannins and resonating blue fruit and floral notes. Drink 2024 through 2034.
93 Points - James Suckling
This is a high-toned, rich red with lots of sweet, ripe-fruit character, as well as new-wood and toffee undertones. Some may find it a little too much, but I find it in balance and decadent with show-me character. Full and flavorful. A blend of syrah, cabernet sauvignon and petit verdot. Drink or hold.
91 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Smooth aromas of açai, Concord grape and berry sorbet show on the nose of this blend of 43% Syrah, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Petit Verdot. The palate's purple flavors of açai and blueberry are balanced in ripeness and lead into hints of coffee toward the finish.
Product size: 750ml