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2013 Brian Benson Cellars S & M

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June 18, 2023 - $22



93Wine Enthusiast

Concentrated boysenberry notes meet with intense aromas of purple flowers...zesty acidity and silky tannins present a wide range of flavors on the complex palate, from blackberry and pepper to tarragon, mint and anise.

91The Wine Advocate

...lots of spice, mulled blackberry fruits, chocolate and earth...medium to full-bodied, lively and fresh on the palate, with notable purity and focus, as well as fine tannin.

91Vinous / IWC

Powerful aromas of blueberry, violet and toasty oak, plus a hint of incense. Sweet and fleshy in style, offering juicy black and blue fruit, floral pastille and licorice flavors. Spreads out and becomes spicier on the dark-fruit-driven finish, which features harmonious tannins and a sexy floral nuance.

90Wine Spectator

Balances big, ripe flavors with a structured core of mineral-laced tannins, showing smoky plum and peppered beef aromas and focused flavors of wild berry, lead pencil and dark Asian spice.


United States, California, Central Coast, Paso Robles

Paso Robles AVA is midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, and it is considered one of the West Coast’s most exciting winemaking regions. With its hot, sometimes searingly dry and sunny weather, it is especially good country for growing warm climate grapes such as Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Because many Paso Robles wineries have been successful with blending these grapes into Rhone Valley-style wines, it is known as the Rhone zone of California. The AVA was created in 1983 and there are 32,000 vineyard acres. In late 2014 the AVA was divided into 11 smaller sub-appellations, so starting with 2015 vintages labeling will become more specific on Paso Robles wines, which will now also list sub-appellations. Located in San Luis Obispo County, Paso Robles, the town and its surrounding area, was traditionally a farming and ranching region. But from a few dozen wineries in the early 1990s to more than 200 today, the area is quickly becoming known for wine and risk-taking winemakers.