Tooth & Nail Winery
Feel like storming a castle? Yes, you can! The scenic drive to Tooth & Nail Winery at 3090 Anderson Road is just off Highway 46 West and minutes away from downtown Paso Robles.
Voted 2018 “Best Indoor Venue” by California Wedding Day, the striking 9,000-square-foot granite castle structure features an impressive mote accented with river rock. The two-story-tall arched entry reveals a sweeping staircase upon entering, and East and West Club rooftop terraces with grand views of Paso Robles’s westside.
At Tooth & Nail Winery, art and wine regularly collide to exhibit a variety of expressions through art-inspired labels. A decidedly edgy and literary vibe is represented throughout building walls and the bottles themselves. Inside the tasting room, wine stewards keep the tastings moving while allowing time for guests to linger while sampling their wines.
True to its Rabble Wine Company namesake, the “Rabble” label features single-varietal wines. The Tooth & Nail label offers iterations of Rhône-style GSM, Burgundian and Bordeaux-style wines. The Stasis label showcases grapes grown in Santa Maria AVA’s Murmur Vineyard, a high-density, 213-acre parcel in the Solomon Hills subregion, just 12 miles from the ocean. The luxurious Amor Fati, or “love of one’s fate,” capitalizes on wines crafted with concentrated flavor, courtesy of late-season harvests.
At press time, the Tooth & Nail Winery tasting room poured its light and bright 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, sourced from Sonoma County grapes, fermented in stainless steel, and finished in concrete. The 2017 Stasis Viognier, made with grapes grown in Santa Maria’s Murmur Vineyards, is aged in concrete, new French Oak, exhibits a pleasant minerality.
The 2015 Amor Fati Chardonnay, aged in French oak and softened by malolactic fermentation, exudes a silky palate, and presents ample body and structure among notes of pineapple layered with lemon, toasty oak and marzipan. Wine steward Amie Micklus makes no secret of the fact that this Chardonnay, dubbed “a therapist in a bottle,” is among her personal favorites. Also sourced from Murmur Vineyard is the 2015 Stasis Pinot Noir. This velvety aromatic wine exudes red cherry, rose petals, a touch of spice and a slightly dry finish. Amy describes Rabble’s juicy, fruit-forward 2015 Amor Fati Grenache as “Christmas in a bottle.”
Tooth & Nail Winery’s 2016 flagship, The Possessor, is made with Paso Robles grapes, including Cabernet Sauvignon
(69 percent), Merlot (15 percent), Petit Merlot (10 percent) and Syrah grapes (six percent). A fruit-forward wine, The Possessor has plenty of structure, body, deep berry and plum notes and bright acidity that yields to tannins on the finish.
Springtime vintages include the new augmented reality release of Rabble Zinfandel and 2018 Amor Fati Gruner Veltliner (200 cases). The augmented reality label series depicts historical woodblock print images that reference cataclysmic moments in history – from a siren mermaid luring weary pirates to Mount Vesuvius erupting over Pompeii.