These wines form part of the Craig Stoller Collection created by owner and director of winemaking, Craig Stoller, and his wife Nancy. Craig is from a family of California vine growers and is a graduate in horticulture from Cal Poly. He is clearly passionate about wine as he notes “Wine is a part of my life. I absolutely love this living, breathing, evolving thing called wine.”
The Stoller Collection is composed of wines sourced from the family’s estate vineyard RBZ in Paso Robles and from other Central Coast vineyards. The wines reviewed here are from the Sextant Wines and Paris Valley Road Estate labels. Both labels are well made, enjoyable to drink, and of good value.
Sextant 2017 Chardonnay Central Coast ($16) 90 Light yellow. Fresh and fruit forward with hints of tropical and orchard fruit and toasted oak. A flavorful wine, beautifully balanced and easy to drink. Great value.
Sextant 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles ($25) 90 The 2018 Sextant Cabernet Sauvignon offers black currant and cassis on the nose with hints of cedar and herbs. It is soft on the attack, light-bodied with good acidity and balance and firm round tannins. It is a highly drinkable wine.
Sextant 2017 Zinfandel “Wheelhouse” Paso Robles ($24) 91 Attractive, fruity nose, dark plum. Lovely upfront fruit on the attack and rich with good depth. Spicy on the palate with dark red concentrated flavors and a hint of vanilla. Good length, firm round tannins and overall richness.
PARIS VALLEY ROAD
Paris Valley Road 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles ($15) 90 The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon displays an earthy, plum-like nose and has a medium weight palate. It is fruit forward, soft on entry with round tannins and good density of flavor, albeit a little high in alcohol; 14.8% alc.
Paris Valley Road 2017 Chardonnay Paso Robles ($15) 89 The 2017 Chardonnay is yellow gold in color and has a flinty, toasty nose. It is light bodied with ripe orchard fruit and has a lovely mouth feel. It is firm on the palate with crisp acidty, toasty nuances and a good finish.
Paris Valley Road 2017 Zinfandel Paso Robles ($15) 91 The 2017 Zinfandel is soft on the attack and offers a suave silky palate. It is broad and full in the mouth with flavors of black cherry, plum and hints of raspberry, spice and mesquite. A delicious wine which shows its 15% alc. Terrific value.