2017 'Transporter' Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
California: Paso Robles
No, we aren’t talking about the whooping Tom Brady is about to unleash on the Chiefs this weekend. We’re talking about this Paso Cab that low key came out of nowhere and precipitated a mean game of Rochambeau to see who took the sample home.
It’s called the “Transporter” - our guess, because it takes your taste buds on a Jason Statham driven, adrenaline fueled joyride straight into a happy, happy place. We’re talking ultra-honest, fruit driven, lip smacking Cabernet made by a passionate young man.
You absolutely need this in your life.
New to us, Sans Maison means “without house” and owner/winemaker Nick Elliot believes it represents wanderlust and making your home wherever you are. The humble young man holds a not so humble resume, learning the ropes first and foremost from Scott Hawley of Torrin, continuing at other big scoring wineries such as Alta Colina, Law Estate, and Booker before venturing out on his own with Sans Maison, representing: an adventurous wine endeavor. Each year, when Elliott tastes through barrels there are always a handful that intrigue and entice him. Which is exactly what we have here.
This is Paso Cabernet just how you love it. PACKED with sweet red fruit. FRAMBOISE for days! All manner of black cherry liqueur, Ludens cherry drops and raspberry jam. Far from a one trick, in your face jam fest, it also has a fascinating minty/eucalyptus thing going on. And maybe a hint of Caramello bar, and a dusting of sweet baking spices?? It’s ripe but not syrupy or condensed as some Paso Cabs are known for. Just a flat-out HUGE crowd pleaser, even the most discriminating wine lover would be lying if they said it wasn’t absurdly tasty.
The only downside, it’s a super small production wine, and we took every case they’d part with. Won’t be enough to satiate everyone, so don’t wait.
We already loaded up for our personal stashes, practicing our best restraint.
Now it’s your turn.
Glowing ruby with a slightly purple edge, with light barely penetrating the circumference
Packed with sweet red fruit, framboise for days, all manner of black cherry liqueur, Ludens cherry drops, and raspberry jam
In your face jam fest, fascinating minty/eucalyptus, a hint of Caramello bar, and a dusting of sweet baking spices
It’s ripe but not syrupy or condensed as some Paso Cabs are known for
Smoked meats with traditional sides, Cajun fare, a Cuban sandwich, you name it
What the Winery Says
- Nick Elliott
- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Paso Robles, Central Coast
- 16 months
- 30% new French oak
- 5 barrels