In 2000, Eric Jensen gave up a high-powered career as a broker and concert promoter in Southern California to farm grapes and make wine in rural Paso Robles. He obviously knew what he was doing: His wines are among the best in the region. Farmed biodynamically, Jensen’s 45 acres of vineyards are planted almost exclusively to Rhône varieties atop steep hillsides with limestone soil. A blend of Grenache, Mourvèdre and Counoise, Oublié is Jensen’s ode to Châteauneuf-du-Pape. He fermented the 2014 in stainless steel and half the blend was aged from six to 12 months in used French oak barrels.
Expressive and impressively structured, with savory blackberry aromas and accents of rosemary, thyme and crushed stone, opening to complex, densely layered flavors of currant, pepper and espresso. Grenache, Mourvèdre and Counoise. Best from 2018 through 2028.—Tim Fish
- Paso Robles, California
- Issue Date:
- March 31, 2017