Mission Codename Take that ride
Last year we blew out the 2017 vintage, then the 2018 disappeared before we could secure some! And it became one of our most re-requested wines ever thanks to its unmatched value.
So, we went in and cornered as much of the 2019 as we could. You’re welcome.
It’s called the “Transporter” - our guess, because it takes your taste buds on a Jason Statham driven, adrenaline fueled joyride straight to paradise. Straight up ultra-honest, fruit driven, lip smacking Cabernet at a price you simply can’t find in Napa.
You absolutely need this in your weeknight rotation.
Sans Maison means ‘without home’ and owner/winemaker Nick Elliot believes it represents wanderlust, 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, Booker, and Nicora 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 extracted 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.
Once a winemaker to watch, nowadays his stardom is bona fide. Just last year Paso Robles Daily News spotlighted: “Congratulations Nick Elliott, newest Paso Robles member of the 100 point club!” continuing “his work, dedication and love of what he does, has recently been recognized again, this time by receiving ‘the holy grail’ of wine ratings: A 100 point score from Doug Wilder… No doubt there are many years of recognition, and fine wine in the future for this talented winemaker (and for his loyal fans). Well done, well deserved.”
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.
PACKED with sweet red fruit. FRAMBOISE for days!
With light barely penetrating the glass, a slim glowing ruby-purple edge catches the eye
This is Paso Cabernet just how you love it, PACKED with sweet red fruit, framboise for days!
Black cherry liqueur, Ludens cherry drops, and raspberry jam, a fascinating minty/eucalyptus thing too
A hint of Caramello bar, and a dusting of sweet baking spices, ripe but not syrupy or extracted as some Paso Cabs are
Southern BBQ, a Cuban sandwich, fine charcuterie, and cheeses, use your imagination with this fruit bomb
What the Winery Says
2019 'Transporter' Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
- Nick Elliott
- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Paso Robles, Central Coast
- 16 months
- 30% new French oak
- 5 barrels