Best zinfandel in Paso Robles for the holidays
A list of the best Paso Robles wines for the holidays would not be complete without a section on zinfandel. It’s known as the Paso Robles heritage grape varietal. Great zinfandel wines from Paso Robles are typically full-bodied, fruity with aromas of berries, sometimes jammy, and usually of moderate to high alcohol content. They should pair well with roasted turkey, lamb, red meats and anything Italian you might be making for the holidays.
Top local zinfandel and Italian-style wine recommendations
Broken Earth Winery 2017 Zinfandel – $29
This is a lighter-style zin with a transparent candy-shade red hue. Nuances on the nose include dried herbs, licorice, and summer raspberries. These flavors relax and stretch out on the palate, leaving tastes of juicy fruit that are able to shine through the soft tannin structure. To achieve a restrained style of zin, the fermentation is kept very low, keeping the flavor balance in check.
Felten Cellars 2015 Zinfandel – $28
An overall robust wine delivering intense spicy complexity that goes down easy. Blackberry, pepper, and cocoa blend to deliver a full-bodied tasting experience. A glass of this wine pairs nicely with a BBQ steak or any chocolate dessert.
Opaque 2016 Zinfandel – $30.95
This zinfandel blend is called Opaque because of its dark, inky color. It’s made by the Riboli Family of San Antonio Wines. It has rich aromas and flavors of raspberry and blackberry with notes of spice and vanilla. It was aged in French and American Oak for 12 months. This wine earned 93 points at the California State Fair Wine Competition.
Opolo 2018 Mountain Zinfandel – $29
This is one of Paso Robles’s iconic zinfandel wines. It’s a decadently jammy and fruit-forward wine. Opens with rich aromas of raspberry, rhubarb, Bing cherry with hints of vanilla, cedar and tea leaf. Flavors of dark plum and cherry are married with silky smooth tannins that lead into a long and stratifying finish.
Peachy Canyon 2017 Westside Zinfandel – $20
Our holiday zinfandel recommendations would not be complete without a nod to one of Paso Robles’ most-famed zin producers. This bottle delivers classic Paso Robles zinfandel flavors. This wine is flush with floral aromas. On the palate, taste blueberry, rhubarb, and orange zest. It leaves a dry, white peppery finish. It is a great value in this category.
Riverstar Vineyards 2016 Zinfandel – $28
This zinfandel has a thick and sweet taste right from the start. Hints of Blackberry and chocolate dance on the nose. Very smooth and steady overall sweet taste. Finishes with a prominent vanilla finale.
Victor Hugo 2016 Estate Zinfandel- $26
This zinfandel is full-bodied, and wildly aromatic, with hints of toasted oak, blackberries and velvety tannins, this wine has a rich bold finish and is well-balanced. Delightful first sip but crisper after breathing in the glass. This Zin would pair perfectly with a Rack of Lamb or a Filet Mignon. Bring home this big bold varietal for the holidays!
Vina Robles 2016 Zinfandel – $34
This classic zin shows ruby garnet colors. It has a delicious nose of red fruits and hints of black pepper. It delivers flavors of rich berry fruit and chocolate. It will pair well with pork, lamb and filet mignon. It has a touch of petite sirah blended in and was aged 16 months in French and American oak.
Vista Del Rey 2017 ‘Bomba Ciruela’ Zinfandel – $30
A robust mouthful of dry-farmed zinfandel grapes from long-time local winemaker Dave King. It’s a big, spicy wine with dark berry, plum, and cherry flavors. Drink all by itself or pair with grilled meats, pizzas and pastas. Enjoy a glass while decorating for the holidays.
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Publisher’s note: For the sixth year in a row we thought it would be a great idea to recommend local wines for upcoming holiday parties and dinners. Once again, we received an amazing amount of participation from our local wineries. Over the last few weeks, we received more than 100 entries. After tasting and tasting and tasting, there were many solid, well-made wines to recommend. We have created several lists of top local wines into categories. The recommended wines above are in alphabetical order.