2016 Beautiful Earth
Beautiful Earth is our flagship Paso Robles blend, and it represents the best lots from our favorite Westside vineyards.
Fresh blueberry, cardamom, hibiscus, and passionfruit lead off, with sweet tobacco, woodsmoke, iron, and sweet herbs on the palate. The finish is rich and full. Enjoy with red wine braised pork shoulder and roasted root vegetables.
The components of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvèdre were fermented in small open top bins with 35% whole clusters included. The wine spent 20-25 days on the skins with a combination of pump-over and punch downs. Aged 18 months in a combination of 228, 265 and 500-liter French oak barrels, 20% new.
94 points, Jeb Dunnuck
Another perennial winner, the 2016 Beautiful Earth sports a saturated purple color as well as terrific notes of blueberries, blackberries, ground pepper, and plenty of herbal, earthy nuances. This deep, layered, multi-dimensional Syrah from McPrice shows more gamey, bacon fat, and smoky notes with time in the glass and is one of the finest vintages to date for this cuvée. The blend is 72% Syrah, 18% Grenache, 7% Mourvèdre, and 3% Viognier, brought up in 15% new oak.
This estate hit a home run with these latest 2016s, and the charming, more supple style of the vintage worked perfectly with the more savory, classic style preferred by McPrice Myers. These are unquestionably the finest wines I’ve tasted from him, and readers should snatch up these wines.
93 points, Josh Raynolds
Brilliant purple. Cherry cola, blackberry, candied licorice, lavender and a touch of incense on the deeply perfumed nose. Stains the palate with glossy black and blue fruit liqueur flavors that are energized by peppery spice and floral qualities. Appealingly sweet and concentrated, finishing with impressive power and breadth and slowly building, velvety tannins.