2007 Rabbit Ridge Allure de Robles

2007 Rabbit Ridge Allure de RoblesPrice: $4.99 @ Trader Joe’s

What They Said:

Per Trader Joe’s Holiday Guide “This is a Rhône style red wine that could only come from Paso Robles. Why? The nutrient-dense, limestone-rich soils produce grapes of great character. And the variety of climate conditions within the region create distinctive flavor profiles that are unquestionably Rhône-esque, but with a definitively Central Coast vibe.

Rabbit Ridge Allure de Robles is a blend of Petite Sirah, Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre. Medium-bodied with strawberry and cherry overtones from the Grenache, the wine inherits an earthiness from the Mourvedre and supple body from the Syrah. Rabbit Ridge Allure de Robles is an excellent sipping wine, wonderful with strong cheeses and a natural with roasted meats like our Prime Rib Roast or Frenched Pork Chops. It’s a great value at only $4.99 – only at your neighborhood Trader Joe’s.”

What I Think:

This is a wine that seems to be getting better and better with each vintage. I initially enjoyed a NV version some 30 months ago and was excited to see this one in the store recently! And my excitement was justified… My first thoughts via twitter were “Drinking the Rabbit Ridge Allure de Robles (tj’s, $5). Big wine @15.4% a bit hot. But bold, fruity and enjoyable. I’ll be getting more.” And I must admit, I was very happy it had the structure to balance out that high ABV%. I’ve already grabbed another half of a case…

Per Rabbit Ridge winemaker Erich Russell this one is roughly 45-50% Grenache, 25-30% Mourvedre, with the balance being Syrah, Petite Sirah and six or so more grapes (Erich fell free to update once you get the final %’s). Big, bold dark fruit throughout but as mentioned balanced, coating your mouth with plush fruit and tannins. A dry, chalky finish follows that is loaded with white pepper and lingers on and on. From the above the “nutrient-dense” soils ring true. Strawberry and cherry do not. Either way grab yourself a bunch of this one while it last. A perfect wine to serve over the holidays!

Rating: Bulk Buy

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26 thoughts on “2007 Rabbit Ridge Allure de Robles

  1. If you get a chance, check out the Windbreak Pinot Noir out of Santa Lucia Highlands. For $9.99, I was impressed. A BIG Pinot, 85% aged for 10 months in new oak. Definitely in need of decanting.

  2. Yeah, this Rabbit needs air. I found an hour did a lot to tame the alcohol and I’m really enjoying tasting the progression beyond the first day. Definitely better Day Two.

  3. Just finished off the bottle last night with brownies (yum!) and boy was it different a week out. After letting it sit for about 30 minutes, all the lovely friut appeared and reminded me why the ’05 was so good.
    (I used a Vacuvin, let it out on the counter and had a glass every day or two for a week)

    • I’m with Angela. The first night I had it I found it a bit harsh and surprised that it was Jason’s #2. Let it breathe for a while the second night, which was a bit better but I was still confused.

      Well, here I am a week and a half after opening it enjoying it a LOT more now. It needs lots of air!

      • @Kevin Glad this one worked out for you in the long run! I have a few more bottles in the rack and a case in the cellar. Hoping it will become a bit more approachable on opening with another year or two in the bottle…

  4. Unfortnately, the bulk of my bottle of this raisiny, wood alcohol concoction got poured down the drain. Yech! Rating: Skip it, IMHO. Sorry to differ so drastically with Jason on this one, but I do.. However, for those of you who are fans, there still seem to be large supplies available (including in special displays) at TJ’s in Orange County in So. Calif. Happy New Year!

  5. Having reviewed Jason’s rating system, I am correcting my Rating of this wine in my previous reply directly above from Skip It to Avoid It

  6. @Danny looks like I never apologized to you for this one, though caught the other. Always hate to mislead you. If I were a wealthier man I would offer a money back guarantee. I’d also ship you another bottle to leave open for a few days and see if the evolution could change your opinion. That said anything that goes down the drain is most certainly worthy of an individual “Avoid It” rating…Hope your New Year if off to a great start.

  7. Love the site. I work at a local TJs and love a lot of the wines we carry. I was looking through our back stock and found a case and a half of this rabbit ridge. I got 3 bottles and cant wait to try. if anyone is interested ask for it at the castro valley tjs.

  8. Hey all,

    I just heard from the winemaker, Erich Russell, that the ’08 vintage will be hitting the shelves soon. Here is what he had to say:

      “Look for the 2008 Allure de Robles in Trader Joe’s soon. The wine was picked up yesterday. The good news is that there is way less alcohol 14.8 instead of 15.3 on the 2007. There are less harsh tannins making the wine even more balanced. This vintage has been the fastest selling vintage around the United States of any Allure de Robles. There is very little Petite Sirah in this vintage and much more Grenache. The very bad news is that since this wine was selling so fast around the country Trader Joes will be getting about 25% less than the 2007.”

    Be on the lookout, I know I will!

  9. The 2008 Rabbit Ridge, Paso Robles, Allure de Robles, Rhone Style Red Wine @ $4.99 showed up at the TJ’s in Irvine at Culver & Walnut this past week. I found the 2008 so much better than the pour-down -the-drain 2007 version. The 2008 is a lush and toasty fruit bomb with well integrated aromas and flavors of cherry, sweet tobacco, briary spearmint, lavender, spice and mineral. IMHO, it’s a Bulk Buy.

    I also tried the 2008 TJ Petite Sirah, 76% Organic @ $4,99. Dense Purple color. Blueberries on the nose with one dimensional, flat tastes of cedar, minerals and very faint fruit. Disappointing. Rating: Skip It.

    Good Hunting!

  10. @Danny Awesome news. From Avoid it to Bulk Buy in one vintage, don’t call it a comeback! As for the TJ Petite Sirah I agree with you, nothing there worth seeing

    @Angela Guessing it must be headed this way soon based on Danny’s sighting…

  11. It’s here in the bay area. We got it in the Castro valley store 3 days ago. We had a tasting yesterday. Very good. I liked this one better then last years. I’ve heard that each store it supposed to only get 48 cases. Well enjoy.

  12. The ’08 is great, definitely a bulk buy. I’ve had 3 bottles of it so far. I’ve found it needs decant before drinking, opens up nicely. I expect this wine to improve with a little time in the bottle. I’m on my way over to pick up a second case.

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