McPrice (Mac) Myers has been making Central Coast wines for the past 20 years. He started small, with only a half-ton of grapes, working out of a small cooperative in Paso Robles. By 2014 he moved to a property on Adelaida Road on Paso’s westside.
That 84-acre property is home to McPrice Meyers winery, about 20 acres of vineyards, the tasting room and a hilltop home that is a vacation rental. Mac and his financial partner named the property Belle Terra as a nod to one of Mac’s flagship wines, Beautiful Earth.
Mac sources grapes from his estate vineyard in addition to several other Paso Robles vineyards and Santa Barbara’s Lerner Vineyard located in Ballard Canyon. He makes several ranges of wines with price points between $25 and $90 per 750ml bottle. A large selection of wines are available in magnum and there is a range of wines available to wine club members only.
The focus of today’s tasting is Cabernet Sauvignon from the 2021 vintage with a price range between $25 and $60, so there is something for every pocketbook. We received these wines as tasting samples.
2021 McPrice Myers Bull By The Horns Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles — dark ruby with generous aromas of plums, currants, blackberries, red berries and baking spices. Flavors are generous and include red fruit primarily with dark berries and baking spice. Tannins are gauzy in a medium body. 14.5% abv. Retail $25
Very sippable, enjoyable and affordable. The red fruit flavor component keeps the wine light on its feet. The wine, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, spent 10 months in stainless steel tanks and French oak barriques, 20% new.
2021 Mac & Billy M Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles — dark ruby with generous aromas of plums, earth dark currants, black berries and dried tobacco leaf. Flavors include dark fruit, berries, chocolate, coffee, tobacco leaf and dried herbs. Tannins are gauzy and very drying in a medium body. 14.5% abv. Retail $35
Once again, Cabernet Sauvignon stands on its own and shows plenty of complexity. Mac & Billy is a collaboration between Mac and Billy Grant, friend, investor and promoter of the Paso Robles wine region. The wine was aged for 20 months in 225 and 228-liter French and American oak barriques, 20% new.
2021 McPrice Myers Beautiful Earth, Paso Robles — dark ruby with generous aromas of red and dark fruit, dried herbs and dusty earth. Flavors include raspberries, red currants, blackberries, baking spice and dried herbs. Tannins are gauzy in a medium body. 14.8% abv. Retail $60
Beautiful Earth shows lovely complexity and freshness. 4% Petit Verdot, 4% Syrah join 92% Cabernet Sauvignon to make a layered, juicy wine. Aging took place for 18 months in barriques and 500-liter French oak puncheons, 60% new.
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Thanks to Solterra Strategies for organizing our tasting.