After tasting Riverstar Vineyards' Sauvignon Blanc from Paso Robles, we decided it was a slam-dunk choice. After learning the history of the winery and the people involved, the choice was even easier.
The vineyard was first planted in 1993, on what was formerly part of the Hearst cattle ranch holdings, near the Estrella River. Family owned and operated since its planting, when the Reinertson family bought the vineyard in 2016, they kept the family-oriented spirit and legacy very much alive.
As the story goes, along with the vineyard came winemaker, Steve Martell. He also makes his own wine under the Kaleidos label and was formerly the winemaker at Sextant. Ah-ha! That's when all the pieces came together for us at the Club. Sextant had been one of the most consistent and sought-after wines we'd ever featured.
And since we'd last tasted his handiwork, Martell hasn't skipped a beat. He is still crafting amazing wines from this area and shows no signs of slowing down. You've heard the saying "Follow the money." Well, in this business, it makes sense to follow the winemaker. Good ones always seem to produce the same quality, vintage after vintage.
Paso Robles has seen an explosion of wineries and grape varieties in the last 35 years. Sauvignon Blanc seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle. But if you go back 35 years, the most famous vineyard here was Rancho Tierra Rejada, and their fame was built on Sauvignon Blanc. Our selection here is in the classic style, with delicious pineapple and banana components finishing with a lemon twist.