A $7 Daily Drinking Fiasco from Tobin James

March 10, 2011 Daily DrinkersWines under $10  One comment

Titan Hills Fiasco bottle imageTobin James is known for their Zinfandel, Syrah and their “country party” themed tasting room in the heart of the Central Coast’s Paso Robles wine region.  If you’re ever in the area, it’s worth checking out their tasting saloon and picking up one of their signature star patches for the memory book.  Their wines are well reviewed, popular and range in price from $12 to $150.

Producers like Tobin James are often contracted to make wines for “private label” applications at grocery stores or restaurants.  Rumor has it, Tobin James created the Titan Hills label for one of those private label projects, but somehow the deal fell through, so we the consumer are left with an incredible value they call “Fiasco”.  Maybe the name hints at how this wine made it to the market?

This weekend, I drank a bottle of Orin Swift’s $35 “The Prisoner” – a wine I really enjoy – and would call Titan Hills “Fiasco” very comparable.  That’s high praise for a wine 1/5 the price.  It’s not listed anywhere, but my understanding (and taste) suggests that this is a Zin, Syrah, Petite Sirah blend.  This wine has a sweet, alluring nose and bright, juicy, full bodied taste with a spicy finish.   It’s without fault, and a perfect daily drinking complement to Trader Joe’s turkey bolognese, as I discovered tonight.

In a world with so many sucky $10 wines, it’s great to find a case worthy value that beats that magic $10 mark handily.  Titan Hills might be a generic name, but what’s inside the bottle is anything but.

Buy Here: Tobin James 2008 Titan Hills “Fiasco” Red Blend $6.99

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