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Opolo owners Rick Quinn and Dave Nichols have been vineyard neighbors in Paso Robles since 1997 and enjoyed their first commercial crush in 1999 upon forging their new partnership. The first crush produced Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Zinfandel, and Muscat Canelli. The other varietals followed and now serve to prove Paso Robles to be a fine production area for most of California’s wine grapes. In turn they serve to prove that Opolo shares command of the potential high quality level of the wines made in this area. So, what does the name Opolo mean? It comes from Quinn’s Yugoslavian heritage, and refers to the name of a blended rosé-style wine found on the Dalmatian Coast. Oddly, that is the one type of wine not produced at Opolo. Joining us for this event will be Cary Thrasher of Opolo Vineyards.
2008 OPOLO VINEYARDS VIOGNIER, CENTRAL COAST
List price 23.50; Our price 20.99
Great concentration of tropical fruit leads on the palate. The wine shows apricot, Crenshaw melon, pineapple, papaya, and a viscous intensity that lingers for a rich long finish. All of this concentrated fruit is accented with a touch of exotic spiciness that highlights the richness of the wine and leaves a clean and refreshing impression on the palate. A very big-bodied wine with loads of forward fruit makes this Viognier particularly good with smoked and grilled items. Its tropical tones are also an excellent accompaniment to Indian and Thai Curry and most Asian foods and spices. Try it with full flavored foods and ripe cheeses, or serve it as an apéritif.
2006 OPOLO VINEYARDS GRAND ROUGE, PASO ROBLES
List price 19.00; Our price 15.99
This blend of Counoise (60%), Grenache (20%), and Petite Sirah (20%) displays hints of strawberry and mocha on the nose. It turns increasingly complex in the mouth showing layers of blueberry, plum and blackberry with hints of nutmeg and spice on the finish. Its lighter style makes it a perfect summer red.
2006 OPOLO VINEYARDS SANGIOVESE, PASO ROBLES
List price 22.50; Our price 15.99
Sangiovese, the noble grape of Tuscany, has found a new home at Opolo vineyards. This is a full-bodied wine featuring forward fruit characteristics of raspberry and black cherry. Barrel aging on 100% American oak lend this wine soft tannins and subtle oak nuances.
2007 OPOLO VINEYARDS ZINFANDEL, SUMMIT CREEK, PASO ROBLES
List price 18.00; Our price 16.99
Named for the creek that runs through Opolo’s west-side vineyard in the Santa Lucia Mountains, the Summit Creek Zin offers intense fruit, including ripe black cherry, raspberry and a touch of pepper and spice. In the mouth, this well-balanced wine offers a delightful aftertaste that keeps on giving. It is medium bodied, framed with soft tannins and modest acidity. This approachable wine is ready to enjoy today, yet will likely improve with an additional year or two of cellaring.
2006 OPOLO VINEYARDS PETIT SIRAH, PASO ROBLES
List price 22.50; Our price 19.99
Impressively extracted, this inky, intense wine is sure to please the Opolo “bigger is better” crowd. Aromas of chocolate, blackberries, graham crackers with a touch of cinnamon inspire visions of what’s to follow. The palate is greeted by gobs and gobs of dark, jammy fruit unfolding in waves of chocolate, spice, toasty oak and vanilla. The long lingering finish is soft and round but don’t let this gargantuan wine fool you, it has plenty of dry tannins to satisfy the big red wine drinker and collector in you. Pair with blackened grilled meats, or triple cream cheeses.
2008 OPOLO VINEYARDS MUSCAT CANELLI, PASO ROBLES
List price 14.00; Our price 11.99
Always seductive, this Muscat Canelli treats the taster with aromas and flavors of melons and peaches, and offers a floral, perfume-like bouquet. You may even pick out the lychee nut and accompanying minerality in the wine. Generally served chilled, this delightful wine is slightly sweet.