This wine is produced by Garretson Wine Company. Garetson was founded by Mat Garretson. Mat moved to the Paso Robles area from Atlanta in 1993 and started the GWC in 1997. He had previously founded the Viognier Guild in 1991, which evolved into the Hospice du Rhône.
Some have credited Garretson as The Man Behind the California Rhône Revolution, but I would note that there are some individuals (Randall Grahm, Steve Edmunds) that have been around a bit longer, but Garetson has been an advocate of Rhône varietals since the early 90s.
The Aisling (pronounced ‘ASH-ling’) comes from a Gaelic word that means ‘dream’ or ‘vision’ — it is a bit different from Garretson’s other syrah (“The Craic”). The Aisling is his new world syrah. I have had some of Mat’s wines and I did like them, but I was a bit skeptical reading the description of the Aisling — his new world syrah…..but it was on sale and at the price it was worth getting a couple of bottles to check out.
Some plum, pomegranate, earth and port-like components on the nose. Some kirsch, dark cherry and plum on the palate, with some pepper, citrus, and raisin characteristics. Very ripe, forward and a bit hot at 15.2% alcohol.
I think this retails at more than $20. It was a decent deal on sale ($12 at Wine Exchange) — and those that like big, extracted and jammy Aussie Shiraz might like it. Not my usual reaction to Garretson’s wines, but this doesn’t seem to be in step with a lot of his other wines.