As 2015 draws to a close, the National Wine Review is naming Derby Wine Estates in Paso Robles, California, as our Winery of the Year, and Derby’s 2011 Fifteen 10 White and 2010 Fifteen 10 Red as our Wines of the Year. We discovered Derby this past summer, quite by accident, and their Fifteen 10 Red and White wines — both Rhone blends — were among our top scoring wines of 2015, at 93 points each.
Derby produces a thoughtful array of wines from Rhone, Bordeaux, Burgundian, and Iberian varieties, grown in three separate vineyards located in different corners of San Luis Obispo County (one within a stone’s throw from the sea). And for Derby, as with so many other things in life, location is everything. Derby wines taste like where they come from, expressing in every sip the trifecta of sun, soil, and sea that is Paso Robles. They are deeply expressive, finely textured, and soulful; and they offer exceptional quality at their price points.
Derby wines are distinguished, too, by handsome labels that feature a stylized depiction of the location of the vineyard(s) where the grapes for the particular wine are sourced in relation to the Pacific Ocean.
Read more of our impressions of Derby Wine Estates and these (and other) wines in our full feature review at this link: Derby; as well as our separate review of Derby’s 2011 Mourvèdre — another must-try Derby wine that we highly recommend at 91 points — at this link: Mourvèdre.
For information on Derby wines and their availability, visit the winery virtually at www.derbywineestates.com; drop by the tasting room at 525 Riverside Ave. in Paso Robles, California, 93446; or ring them at 805-238-6300.