This is a red wine from the central coast of California, for less than $ 18.00 a bottle, that will pair well with a good roast beef.

Broadside Margarita Vineyard Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Santa Margarita is the southernmost vineyard in the Paso Robles wine region. It’s right on the edge of Cuesta Grade when the northern San Luis Obispo Mountains give way to the southern San Luis Obispo Low Plains. The temperature tends to be a bit cooler due to the marine influence.


Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most famous red wines, if not the most famous, grown in California. Considered the King of Red Wines, it is the Tinto de Bordeaux, and it is the red wine that Napa made. Cabernet Sauvignon is also widely planted in the Paso Robles region. It is very well adapted to the local climate and usually works quite well. In warmer climates, Cabernet Sauvignon grapes produce dark, tannic wines with undertones of plums, currents, and blackberries.

There is a remarkable microclimate in the Santa Margarita area, it is generally a little cooler than Paso Robles. North of Paso Robles, in the Monterey wine country, where it is also cooler, Cabernet can express herbaceous and herbaceous aromas, which is not a fault, but definitely not what we were looking for.

Our observations.

In the glass, the appearance of the wine was an intense ruby ​​red, transparent and clean. Swirling the glass, the wine very well covered the side of the glass with slow tears, as we expected, a Cabernet Sauvignon should have a substantial body.

The aroma of the wine was fruity, but not confusing. We notice the characteristic aromas of cherries, currents and a touch of vanilla. No herbaceous undertones whatsoever – Paso Robles AVA wins!

On the palette, the wine was full, dry and very smooth with moderate tannins. There was a good acidity and a hint of licorice. The alcohol level of 13.9% was pleasant and not severe at all.

The finish was long, smooth and substantial, leaving a pleasant warm echo of the wine in the mouth.

This is a very eastern Paso Robles style Cabernet, with moderate tannins and acidity, a very food-friendly wine. It is a good wine to serve with a rich roast. The tannins are very moderate and perhaps the wine would be lost with a grilled Santa Maria style barbecue, but this wine would make a beautiful addition to a hearty roast beef with Yorkshire pudding.