The name, Proulx, is Kevin's maternal family name and its roots lie in Genoa?s family vineyard, located in the heart of Paso Robles' renowned West Side. The fifty-five year old vineyard has produced stellar wines for many years, and when the Riley's began crushing fruit for Proulx in 2004, it did not disappoint. After taking a chance and chasing their dream to make exceptional wine of their own, they hit the ground running, selling out of 200 cases of their first vintage in a matter of months.
This bottling, which is leveled a bit by the inclusion of 13% Zinfandel and 12% Grenache, shows blackberry jam, black cherry and concentrated lilac aromas on the nose. The palate is nicely layered with just enough tannic structure for optimal drinking now, combining flavors of blueberry and black cherry with caramel, milk chocolate and plum-skin tartness.?MATT KETTMANN