Pat Paulsen Vineyards
2010 North Coast Reserve Red Blend
California: North Coast
Today’s Pat Paulsen Vineyards 2010 North Coast Reserve Red Blend hails from one of the most successful celebrity wineries in all of California. Pat Paulsen, a founding member of the American Pantheon of comedy and satire, also knew a thing or two about making outstanding wine.
Founded in 1971, Pat’s vineyards were known for exceptional wines with a clever comedic twist. Playing on his long history of political satire, Pat was well known for producing wines such as White House White and American Gothic Red. This legacy is continued today through his son Monty, who owns and operates the vineyard.
Bright and well balanced, this Red Blend - which is actually 100% Cab grapes - is a nearly perfect companion to any meal prepared on the grill. Flavors of black cherry, cedar wood, and milk chocolate are paired with a fantastic structure and smooth entry to create an incredibly well rounded and delicious wine.
We give this wine our heartiest recommendation, and at nearly 50% off, suggest you buy enough to last through the summer grilling season!
Deepest garnet at the center of the glass, slowly transitioning into a lighter ruby rim.
Bright and aromatic, with fresh dark fruit flavors of black cherry, sweet plum, and raspberry, trailed by sweet tobacco leaf, fresh berry bramble, and subtle baking spices.
Braised dark cherry and blackberry lead the way on this well balanced wine. The fruit notes are paired with hints of cedar wood cigar box, toasted spice oak, herbal black tea, milk chocolate, and a touch of blueberry.
Very smooth on entry, this is a very well balanced, easily approachable wine. As the well-structured finish fades, you’re left with a delightful puckering at the tip of the tongue.
A grilled burger, loaded with Swiss cheese, mushrooms, and plenty of fresh veggies, served on a sourdough bun.
What the Winery Says
Incredibly smooth, this North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon denotes a sophisticated palate of mature stewed fruits and elegant spice. The nose expresses bright candied cherries and juicy plum, a hint of cassis, and vanilla spice. Flavors of graham cracker and jam lead way to a nutmeg and white pepper finish.
- Montgomery Paulsen
- North Coast, California
- Fruit Variety
- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
About the Winery
Founded by Sonoma County vintner Pat Paulsen and his wife Jane in 1971, Pat Paulsen Vineyards garnered tremendous praise and a wide following. By 1976, Pat Paulsen Vineyards was featured prominently as a vineyard designate, with wineries such as Pedroncelli Winery and Chateau St. Jean. The flagship wine, an Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon earned many gold medals throughout the years, taking “Best of Show” awards at prestigious competitions.
After establishing the winery as a serious player in the premium wine field, Pat Paulsen Vineyards released some very successful fun wines playing on Pat’s dead pan humor, such as Refrigerator White, White House White, and American Gothic Red. Twenty years later, Pat’s son Montgomery (Monty) Paulsen, has revived the winery and the brand and moved it to Napa.
Winemaker Montgomery Paulsen
Monty Paulsen, owner and winemaker of Pat Paulsen Vineyards, is taking over where his father left off. A graduate of the UC Davis School of Winemaking and Duke Fuqua School of Business, he was active in all areas of the original family business from the initial vineyard planting to the final sale of the winery. Monty went on to establish himself as an award winning winemaker, entrepreneur, and industry operations expert. Now he has revived the family brand and brought new life to the business.
His accomplishments creating new product lines, implementing global brands, managing boutique to million-case facilities, and facilitating major transitions provide an inexhaustible resource in his pursuit to make fine wine in a variety of markets. Monty is a frequent lecturer and instructor in enology, winery business management, and sensory analysis. From prestigious academic institutions to Chinese consortiums, he continues to develop training and educational programs for cellar, lab, an winemaking staff. As a consultant he provides guidance to winemakers and businesses needing assistance streamlining production to enhancing their product and profitability. Building on his deep relationships with vintners and family winemakers, he has rolled out over 18 varietals in less than three years, garnering over 20 awards, and opened two tasting room venues in the Bay Area.