The Folin family founded Passive Aggressive in 2011. The name, they say, comes from "intrigue and uncomplicated indulgence." Who are we to argue?
Rob Folin is the winemaker and the oldest son of Scott and Lorraine Folin. After a stint in the Marine Corps, he graduated from Oregon State with a degree in Merchandise Management and worked for Nordstrom.
At that point, Rob decided he wanted to create something, and preferably outside. So, in 2001 he became an intern at Domaine Serene, one of the best Pinot Noir producers in Oregon, as a tractor driver. His work ethic and curiosity put him on the fast track to working in the vineyards and, finally, in the cellar, going on to become cellar master.
In 2004, he convinced his parents to plant a vineyard and, well, you can guess the rest. Rob has no formal training as a winemaker. He learned by watching and paying attention. It's what separates him and the wines he creates from many of his peers - that's not a bad thing.
The blend here fits right in with the entire Passive Aggressive moniker. It consists of 40% Tempranillo, 24% Syrah, 21% Petite Sirah and 15% Grenache. Whew! Never saw those coming together. But, they do.
With 20 months in French oak, the flavors meld from separate grapes to a luscious whole. Pomegranate, blueberry and cherry are complimented by the white pepper and luscious finish.