Stormwatch Red Blend

The Riboli family, winemaking veterans of the Paso Robles region, has debuted its first super premium-red Bordeaux blend, Stormwatch, under the San Simeon brand.

The Riboli family’s estate vineyards in the El Pomar District of Paso Robles have steep hillsides and rocky soils. The cooling afternoon breezes of the Templeton Gap make the El Pomar District ideal for premium grape growing, the company says.

Stormwatch has flavors of blackberry, dark cherry and raspberry, the company reports. French oak barrels contribute spice and vanilla, and structured tannins provide texture and depth with a lengthy finish. Grapes are hand-harvested to ensure the highest quality, the company says.

Stormwatch is a blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Merlot, 16% Malbec, 11% Petit Verdot and 5% Cabernet Franc.

The San Simeon brand was launched in the mid-1980s with the vision of showcasing premium varietal wines from the two diverse California wine regions of Paso Robles and Monterey.

“The San Simeon collection is selectively crafted in small lots to showcase the terroir from which the grapes are sourced,” says Anthony Riboli, fourth generation winemaker, in a press release. “After years of focusing on high-quality, single-varietal wines under the San Simeon brand, my family is excited to release Stormwatch, the first Bordeaux blend of this award-winning collection.”

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