QuadrantOkay. This is a review on a wine that I had never expected to do a review on.

Let me explain.

When I went to Paso Robles for my extended vacation earlier this year, I dawdled when it was time to leave. For the heck of it, I stopped at Broken Earth Winery. I tasted through their wines and was more than pleasantly surprised. I ended up purchasing several. One of them was the 2010 Quadrant.

The 2010 Broken Earth Platinum Quadrant’s blend is 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot, and 7% Petit Sirah. Except for the Petit Sirah, pretty much your standard Bordeaux blend. I liked it enough to purchase a bottle, so I did. at the winery, the cost is only $16.00.  A no-brainer as far as I’m concerned.

By the way, this is one of several wines of the “Quadrant” series by Broken Earth.  They have a white, a Rhône, and this one.

Through the summer and early fall I’ve been tasting through the wines that I bought during my vacation and I haven’t been disappointed yet. While he’s waiting for his place to be renovated, Zach has been here tasting with me. So I was happy to share this beast with him.

Several months of sleeping in my wine cooler has done miracles with this wine. Yes, it was good when I tasted it at Broken Earth. But after the long trip home, I knew it was a mistake to try to drink it; besides, it’s really a cool weather wine.

This wine is amazing. It screams “BEEF!” but is a great wine to drink by itself. The Cabernet and Merlot contribute well-integrated tannins, and the Petit Sirah adds color and depth. We both got berries, red plums, pepper, dust, and leather.

You know when you taste a wine with someone and it’s so good that you lock eyes with the other person? Well, this is one of those wines. The Wineaux Guy would have declared it a “three stepper” – one of his highest praises. Rich and luscious, it coats the tongue with surprising acidity and complexity. A real tooth-stainer, this is a wine that’s difficult not to guzzle. The best part? It’s only $18.00 from Amazon. Reduced shipping on six bottles. Am I getting more? You bet!

I am considering joining the wine club after all of my schooling costs are done.  More on that later.

Broken Earth Winery is located at 5625 HIGHWAY 46 E., Paso Robles, CA 93446.

Oh. The four reasons? Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Petit Sirah, of course!

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