Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Paso Robles Getaway #5 Jada Vineyard & Winery #JadaWinery #VivantCheese

Jada Vineyards & Winery is located on a hilltop at 5620 Vineyard Drive on the west side of Paso Robles. Beautiful plum trees line the entrance to their open-air tasting room with spectacular views. This small production winery produces Rhone and Bordeaux blend wines and have won many awards to prove their amazing wines are worth the stop! 

When we arrived, there were people sitting out on the patio enjoying their choice of two different flights of wine along with gourmet cheeses from a local cheese shop, Vivant Fine Cheese. I found out this cheese shop in Paso carries around 150 different kinds of cheeses and if you don't find what you are looking for, they will get it for you! Now that's a cheese shop to pair with! This is one cheese shop I will go to when I'm in Paso Robles again!

Jada also offers Tuscan style olive oils produced from over 300 trees grown on the estate.

Here's what we tasted at Jada!

This is a 2011 "88" ($35), an unfiltered White Rhone blend of 50% Estate Grenache, 43% Estate Estate Roussanne, and 7% Viognier This is Jada's first unfiltered white wine. A light butterscotch, pear nectar, banana chip, and apricot flavors round out the palate! Very nice finish with lime zest and vanilla!

This is a 2012 XCV ($35), another unfiltered White Rhone blend of 41% Estate Roussanne, 37% Estate Grenache Blanc, and 22% Estate Viognier. Baked apple, lemon meringue, butterscotch flavors explode in your mouth. So good!

The last bottle of wine is a 2010 Hell's Kitchen ($52), their signature Rhone Blend. It's not on their website now, but research on the internet found some details about it. I loved it so much, I bought it! It's a blend of 44% Grenache, 37% Syrah, 15% Mourvedre, and 4% Tannat. That last grape is one I've never heard of, but found out it is often blended with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Fer (a French grape) in to make it more approachable. Thank goodness for the internet!

As you can tell, it was Fall in Paso Robles when we were at Jada Vineyards and Winery. If you get a chance to go, I suggest you try this tasting room.