BARREL 27 HIGH ON THE HOG - 2006
This white meritage from Paso Roble's French Camp Vineyard on the Central Coast is made from 42% Viognier, 34% Roussanne, and 24% Marsanne with 15.1% alcohol.
Dark gold brick color with a delightful nose of lemon rind, honey, honeysuckle flowers, and rocks from a waterfall. Lots of citrus, petrol, honey and flowers on the palate. Exotic old attic or hope chest aromas and flavors that I struggle to describe but they are absolutely delicious and harmonious. Oily like a Semillon with good weight, acidity and wonderful finesse.
SCORE & RECOMMENDATION:
This classic Rhone blend is exceptional. It tips the scale on the alcohol content which shows through early on, but it makes up for it with rich, layered, complex fruit. I love this wine and it is a tremendous bargain at $16 a bottle. Great fragrance with a hint of sweetness. Huge recommendation. Find this wine!