A recent wine discovery, this red blend out of Paso Robles has been a big hit with all of whom I have shared it with. At the store it is a hand sell due to it not being well-known. At home it’s an easy pour, I am surrounded by wine lovers. Our mantra should be POUR. Which is actually not a bad idea for t-shirts….
Sunday Supper a few weeks back found the Chateau Le Cacheflo winning the popularity contest among four or five other wines brought by the afore-mentioned vino lovers. Other good red blends were in attendance but the Cacheflo was the best balanced with intricate flavor layers worth pondering.
I was originally introduced to the wines of Tobin James by the Sommelier at Morton’s Steak House – North Miami Beach via their Cabernet Sauvignon. It left a mark. Months later when I realized Tobin James was approved for sale at Whole Foods Market I could not have been happier.
The blend is reported to be; Syrah, Barbera and Sangiovese. What is referred to by the winemaker as Mediterranean varietals. Prior to researching I listed Syrah/Shiraz, Sangiovese and possibly Malbec on the nose. Now I see that the Barbera is what most likely gives this wine its body and richness.
I believe I have now had the Cacheflo at least three times in as many weeks. Glad to report; it was worthy every time. The name itself is a play on CASH FLOW. Originally started as a way of making wine under his own label from available left-over grapes and a way to get the cash to flow. Their Zinfandel started this way too. With excess grapes a grower needed to move. Tobin James worked his magic into an award-winning wine and launched Tobin James Cellars.
Resilient legs [14.8% ALC]. On the nose; fruit forward [casis, blackberry], jammy, spices [nutmeg, vanilla], tobacco box, cedar and even tar [in a good way].
On the palate; a WOW at first sip, red and dark fruit [black cherry] well-balanced, robust, mouth-watering medium acidity. A cherry finish with fruit softening and delicate wood appearing.
To learn more about Tobin James check out PasoWine.com where you can find out about his humble wine beginnings, becoming the founding wine maker at Peachy Canyon and recently being awarded the 2010 PASO ROBLES WINE INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR.
At a retail price of $15.99 or less this easy drinker is a great example of what an everyday to some, weekend wine to others, should be. This is a welcome addition to Whole Foods Market North Miami and my home cellar. Yes, still the guest room after all these years.
Notes from the Winemaker:
Paso Robles is one of the most unique growing areas in the world. So many varietals excel here that the focus has been on the production of great red wines.
In keeping with this great tradition, the wine community has discovered that the Mediterranean varietals flourish and develop distinct and unequivocal character in Paso Robles. This wonderful blend of Mediterranean varietals includes; Syrah, Sangiovese and Barbera.
Year after year Tobin James has produced this Highly acclaimed “Cache-flo” for you to enjoy with just about anything!