With the advertising of “The Only Rule in Our Tasting Rooms is –Have Fun”, we did not know what to expect when the Long Beach Wine Society members visited Tobin James Cellars. Easy to find on Union Road just east of HY 101 in Paso Robles, Tobin James turned out to be a fun place to taste.
We arrived mid-day on a Saturday and there were very few other tasters on site. That changed within about 30 minutes as tasters arrived, seemingly from all directions.
Tobin has the James Gang Wine Club, which offers discounts of 15 – 20% on their volume purchases. The cases may be mixed and the discount still is valid.
With 14 wines currently on the Tasting room menu, it is important to be selective on each visit. The Long Beach Wine Society tried five wines on the visit.
We started with the 2009 Chardonnay “Radiance”. This was a fruity Chard and as the tasting notes state, the tropical flavors can overwhelm your senses. We agreed. It’s $16.00, and a bit expensive for a typical dinner wine.
Next up we tried the 2008 Chardonnay. This had a very nice oaken nose, with a lingering oak finish. It had a very pleasant fruit finish and we enjoyed it a lot! At $25.00, we felt it was fairly priced for a semi-special occasion wine.
Moving to the Reds, our first selection was the 2007 Sangiovese. Warned ahead of time to look for the black cherry, we found it was hard to miss. The nice thing about this Sangiovese was that it became very mellow on the finish. We felt this was a very good buy at $18.00, worth the price and equal to our expectations at that price point.
We passed up a Zin, Merlot and a Syrah to move to the 2007 Petite Sirah. This 2007 Petite Sirah, “Bodacious” turned out to be just that. This was fruity, but not overwhelming. Dark in color, it was pleasing to the nose and to the palate, and worth the price of $25.00.
We don’t usually do Dessert Wines during a mixed tasting, but having heard good things about TJ’s Late Harvest Zin, we decided to make an exception. And it was a good thing we did. We encountered, in the 2008 Late Harvest Zinfandel a very pleasing desert wine. Like in Goldilocks, not too sweet, not too powerful, but instead, “just right”.
Our visit to Tobin James was a pleasant experience, and we came away with several nice wines as well as a good tasting room experience. Put it on your next Paso Robles Tasting Trip!
As always, have a winederful day.