The 2009 Project Paso Red Wine Blend is 37% Grenache, 16% Zinfandel, 14% Petite Sirah, 11% Mourvedre, 9% Barbera, 8% Lagrein (a grape indigenous to Northern Italy that is related to Syrah and Pinot Noir), 3% Tempranillo and 2% Sangiovese, all sourced from vineyards in Paso Robles, California. The wine is aged in French and American oak barrels and the alcohol content is a healthy 14.8%.
The color is a crystal clear ruby red. The nose is raspberry jam, blueberry, cinnamon stick, vanilla and a little coffee. It is equal parts, fruit and spice, strawberry and plum, chocolate, along with Christmas spice. The mid-palate reinforces the chocolate, and adds sweet blueberries. The tannins are hidden in the mix and the acidity does not become apparent until the finish.
The Project Paso Red Wine Blend is really good Tuesday night wine, tasty and easy to get along with. Comfort wine, made for comfort food or for drinking while sitting a comfortable chair.