It's late afternoon and my mind is on overload-Spotify is playing music in the living room, my cell phone is buzzing with social media notifications, and I have four tabs open on my laptop. (I have to keep track of the New Hampshire primaries, right?) Just between me and you it's all too much and I am fairly sick of it; I would love to throw my phone out the window and go back to a simpler time, the stereotype of goodness. Which brings me to the glass of wine on my left...
2014 Broadside Paso Robles Cabernet.
Backed by husband and wife duo Brian and Stephy Terrizzi, Broadside's focus is to create wines of pure varietal expression which means the wines are minimally handled and employ a wild fermentation that capture the essence of the Pacific ocean, limestone soils, and maritime air. While Stephy handles the viticulture duties in the vineyards and is a strong force for sustainability in the area, Brian spends his time in the cellar, having earned his chops at Rosenblum and Isole e Olena in Italy before earning a winemaking degree at Fresno State. These Midwest transplants (one of which I hear has Ohio roots!) are making a fantastic core lineup of wines including Cabernet, Merlot, and a scarily quaffable Chardonnay!
The 2014 Broadside Cabernet does indeed epitomize simple goodness. The grapes aren't harvested late and therefore the wine isn't unnecessarily concentrated and boozy, but rather displays a genuine balance. Classic Cabernet aromas of dark blueberry and blackberry are underlined by a hint of spice and cola and the hue is a deep, translucent crimson. The wine spends 14 months in neutral oak which helps provide a smooth structure of tannin and there is a brightness of acidity on the finish that lifts the palate. These wines are not mass-produced and manipulated, but rather see a mere 3000 case production and therefore aren't going to be seeing much action on grocery store shelves, which of course I like.
So, if you won't take my word about the incredible value that is Broadside, here is what a couple of other people have had to say about the stuff. Jon Bonne', author of New California Wine and wine writer for the SF Chronicle, called Broadside one of the "New Classicists" in his article about producers making wines that reflect the traditional spirit of California Cabernet and The New York Times has named it one of their "under $20" favorites. The wine is $14.99 per bottle or $161.90 for the case, plus tax. The Merlot and Chardonnay, which are also fantastic, are $14.99 as well, but a tad more limited. Let us know if you would like to try all or just one.