McPrice Myers Beautiful Earth 2014
Vinous92 from Antonio Galloni in his Vinous Media! -Few wines in the region accomplish the trick of combining the savory and fruity character of the best examples of Rhone Valley as consistently as those made by McPrice Myers in his large, efficient winery just west of downtown Paso Robles. An admitted Francophile who cut his teeth on French wines when he started in the wine business with the Trader Joe's chain, Myers wants to "showcase the intense fruit of Paso while coaxing out as much complexity as possible." That's no easy trick, as winemakers here will tell you. Myers said that careful attention has to paid from flowering to harvest and through barrel-aging lest "the fruit overwhelm everything else or, worse, lose freshness." Myers sources fruit from some of the most renowned vineyards in the Central Coast and his wines, which are pretty delicious soon after release and offer excellent value.
Wine AdvocateA blend of 78% Syrah, 15% Grenache and 7% MourvÃ¨dre, the 2014 Beautiful Earth Proprietary Red has a deep garnet-purple color and delivers notes of chargrill, smoky bacon and baking spices over a core of blueberry compote, blackberry preserves and dried mulberries with a waft of sautÃ©ed herbs. The full-bodied palate is packed with spicy black berry, framed by chewy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with very good persistence.
Wine SpectatorPowerfully built, with a ripe, brooding core of deep blackberry, smoky pepper and grilled anise flavors that persist toward dense tannins. Syrah, Grenache and MourvÃÂ¨dre. Best after 2018. 740 cases made.