Martin & Weyrich has become a standard bearer for me when it comes to Paso Robles Wineries. They’re one of the larger producers and make a broad selection of offerings. They also manage to maintain a high level of quality across those offerings. It’s unlikely to love every selection from a winery, particularly one that makes as many releases as Martin & Weyrich does. The bottom line though is that by and large I find their wines, well made, appealing, and interesting. More often than not they are also priced fairly. All that said, when I decided to taste through about a dozen Cabernet Sauvignons so I could find a handful I felt comfortable recommending as Father’s Day gifts it seemed natural to check in with the latest one from Martin & Weyrich. The Martin & Weyrich 2005 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon is made from fruit sourced at the Weyrich Family Ranch. Aging was accomplished in French oak for 24 months. 188 cases of this offering were produced and the suggested retail price is $30.
This wine is a touch closed up at first and some time in the decanter is recommended if you're drinking it now. Once it opens up, berry, bramble and cedar notes emerge in the nose of this Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon. Black cherry, black raspberry, nutmeg and crushed white pepper are prominent throughout the palate. Dried cherry, earth and a touch of espresso all emerge in the finish which is of above average length. This wine is well structured and has firm acidity. Roasted game or pasta with a hearty meat sauce would be excellent matches for this Cabernet.
People are discovering Paso Robles, but it's still not a household name, meaning there are still a lot of values to be had there. This Cabernet Sauvignon is one of them. It’s $30 but would be a lot more if it came from a region that was better known. In this price range it’s a bonus to get a Cab that you can easily lay down for 7-8 years. If you want to splurge a little on Dad get him two bottles of this wine; one to drink now and one to age.