Tobin James 2004 Liquid Love

Posted on December 14, 2009

The James Gang has been producing wine in Paso Robles from their Highway 46 winery since 1994, though Tobin James got his shot at making his own wine by chance in 1985 when he happened upon some free grapes. Today, Tobin James works with partner James Silver to make over 30 different wines for Tobin James Cellars. The pair focus largely on red varietals, including Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Lagrein, and Syrah. They also maker a handful of whites, including Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, and  several dessert wines, including the Dream Catcher Muscat and the Liquid Love Late Harvest Zinfandel.


Winery - Tobin James Cellars

Location - Paso Robles, California

Wine - Tobin James 2004 Liquid Love

Grape Varieties - Zinfandel

Appellation - Paso Robles

Alcohol - 17.4% v/v

Price -$18 USD (375 mL)

Nose/Aroma - Cooked raspberries and coriander. 

Palate/Flavors -  Mouth-watering, overripe raspberries and blackberries right upfront that lead into a mix of licorce and mature oak. Slightly mealy; I like how the sugar balances out the relatively high alcohol level. Not overly bitter or astringent, 

Style - A dessert-style late harvest wine; a bit like a Port. 


Food Pairing - This was the perfect after dinner wine; I served it with some nice Lindt 70% Cocoa dark chocolate.

Comments -Tobin James puts out several good, value-priced wines. This is one of my favorites from year to year. A very consistently good dessert wine that exhibits a different side of Zinfandel than usually seen.