Since the 1970’s, Bob Tillman has looked for the site where he could plant a world-class vineyard. He didn’t find that property until he moved to the Central Coast of California and tasted Paso Robles wines. Finally, he and his wife Lynn knew they were in the place where they could produce the kind of wines they love to drink. In 2000 they located this awesome hilltop property and the rest as they say is history! We have had five vintages and had great success among our customers. I can tell you that the 2011 vintage will outperform the 2010 vintage, but with the production so small and again some nice Robert Parker scores, you’ hurry!
In a recent blind tasting of Rhone Varietals, Alta Colina proved to be the leader of the pack among some big-name, high-scoring, high-priced wines!
The line-up consisted out of:
- Law Estate (96 Parker)
- Alban Grenache (95 Parker)
- Villa Creek Grenache (93 Parker)
- Jaffurs “Larner” (92 Parker)
- D’Arenberg “Blind Tiger” (94+ Parker)
- Arnot-Roberts “Clary” (93+ Parker)
- Fable Mountain (94 Parker)
- Herman Story Syrah “White Hawk” (94 WS)
- Keplinger “Sumo” (94 Parker)
- Keplinger “Lithic”
- Paul Lato “Cinematique (94 Parker)
- Alta Colina “GSM”
The winner: Alta Colina GSM!
The Alta Colina GSM blend is traditionally dominated by Grenache, and the stunning 2011 is no exception. The blended wine offers a gorgeous and complex nose. Cherry, strawberry, and dried rose petal aromas combine with berry notes–leading to a bright, fruit-forward mouth. Smoky oak flavors emphasize the velvety tannins. The wine’s exceptional balance progresses nicely to a clean finish, both mineral and fruity.
Robert Parker 93 Points: “Also gorgeous, the 2011 GSM Estate offers a Chateauneuf du Pape-like feel in its kirsch, blackberry, Asian spice and herbs de Provence-driven bouquet. Medium to full-bodied, layered and with beautiful purity of fruit, this is all-around impressive and one of my favorite examples of this cuvee to date. It will have upward of a decade of longevity.”