Crooked Path Cellars is owned by Nancy and Craig Stoller and Vino Del Sol, importer and marketing agent of wines from Argentina, Chile and New Zealand. Craig is also CEO of Sunridge Nurseries, the only California-certified nursery block in the Paso Robles AVA. Crooked Path has two estate vineyards, RBZ in the El Pomar District and Drake Vineyard in the Templeton Gap District. Crooked Path Cellars offers three Paso Robles red wines reviewed below. The Wanderer, a blend of Syrah, Grenache and Petit Sirah is a standout. The winemakers are Craig Stoller and Alex Frost. The Stollers also own Sextant Wines, a winery we visited for our 2017 report on Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon & Other Bordeaux Varieties; we gave the Sextant Wines stellar reviews.
Crooked Path 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles ($20) 89+ This 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from the estate’s Drake Vineyard in Paso Robles’ Templeton Gap Sub-AVA. It is a youthful wine with flavors of plum, huckleberry and black cherry, herbs and toasted oak. Aged 12 months in French oak barrels, it has firm gripping tannins and a dry finish.
Crooked Path 2017 The Wanderer Paso Robles ($30) 92 The 2017 Wanderer is a delicious blend of 59% Syrah, 36% Grenache and 8% Petit Sirah from the El Pomar sub-AVA. Exhibiting spicy dark fruit with hints of vanilla, it is silky smooth on the attack and the palate with soft round tannins and a long finish. It is the strongest bottling of this threesome.
Crooked Path 2017 Zinfandel Paso Robles ($20) 89 The 2017 Zinfandel is a youthful wine that displays aromas of black cherry, plum, spice and tobacco that are carried over on to the palate. A blend of 57% Zinfandel, 20% Primitivo, 15% Syrah and 8% Petit Sirah, it reveals a soft and silky palate up front but has firm tannins on the palate and a rather short finish. Aged 2 years in French and American oak. 14.8% alc.