On one of the days that we were driving around visiting wineries we came across Doce Robles in Paso Robles. The name is Spanish for Twelve Oaks and they told us there were twelve oak trees on the property. We were the only people in the tasting room during the time we were there.
The winery was basically brand new. They had started planting in 1996, and their first vintage was 1998. They only had a couple of wines for us to try when we were there. We tried their 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon which I thought had a lot of fruit forward taste and light on the tannins as I recalled. We bought a bottle of it, and tried it a couple years later and it was much better then I recalled it being at the tasting room.
We also tried their Robles Rojos which was a Bordeaux style blended red and enjoyed it right on the spot. There was more flavor and body, than the basic Cabernet Sauvignon offered, we bought three bottles of this wine, and enjoyed them a year apart for each one, just to see how well they aged. The only problem sometimes is that you don’t buy enough at the time.
They also offered I believe two other wines at the time a Zinfandel and a Barbera. We tasted the Barbera wine, but did not buy any of it. We did not try any of the Zinfandel wine as my Bride and I are not partial to this varietal. I eventually will get over this bias of mine, as the taste always reminds me of the wine the old men used to make in their basements in Detroit.