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Awards, Reviews & Press


20th Annual

California Zinfandel Championship Competition



*Selected for “Sweepstakes” Grand Champion final blind tasting


Paso Wine Nerds


In a Paso Wine Nerds blind tasting of Central Coast Rose’s, Circle B Vineyard & Cellars 2015 Rosé de Garnacha scored a 92.67 score to top all others and be selected top rosé of the night.



Stephen McConnell,


Moving on down the coast today from Napa Valley to Livermore Valley to Paso Robles, and a BARGAIN from a new label. Beautiful nose, all jammy and layered with campfire smoke and sweet chocolate, the ripeness of the fruit a not-jammy presentation as much as it is a wall of black candied fruit just aching to get out of the glass. Dense berry and plenty of gorgeous oak make for something chocolaty and nougat-coated with the obliqueness of sweaty-savory popping through.


Stephen McConnell,


You can *kinda* see through this wine… it’s not completely pitch-black, but pretty close. Black ruby with a minuscule pink rim. Big heady perfume, rich and dark. The concentration on this thing doesn’t mess around, coming at you full-bore with fat juicy dripping black cherry and generous oak. Sweet and nutty in the nose, it reeks of decadence. Lots of air brings out a milk-chocolate note not *quite* earthy enough to call cola.

FULL CIRCLE (Cariñena)

Stephen McConnell,


Dark and brooding with an abrupt edge, it takes an immediate turn in the nose towards lusciousness, broken stem and super-ripe fruit. A ridge of sweet-briar arches through the middle, dragging a peaty-toasty oak influence along. And everywhere, a plush pillow of fruit.

FULL CIRCLE (Grenache)

Stephen McConnell,


Reached back into the Circle B bag of tricks tonight for a little Paso Robles Grenache. Thick and rich, rootbeer and carborundum coming off the nose with a dark stewed berry. Concentrated cherry, glazed jerky and a sharp mineralific streak of acid which pretty much comprises the finish–alongside a little lead shavings and dusty rose. Lovely stuff if you can find it.


Stephen McConnell,


Dark purple with a wide clear edge. Dark-fruit aromas headed tropical–very fleshy in the nose. Banana and divinity, dulce de leche with applesauce and warm, ripe blackberry.


Paso Robles Daily News

Best cabernet sauvignon in Paso Robles for the holidays

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon

This is a handcrafted, small-batch wine and you can taste its uniqueness. Upfront notes taste of tart raspberry and clean slate gives way to blackberry and spice with mild tannins and a clean finish. The perfect wine to pair with red meats, smoked salmon, sharp cheeses, or olives. This classic Paso cab is versatile enough to be served at any holiday gathering.

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November 26, 2019

Paso Robles Daily News

Best Paso Robles wines for summer – Rosé

2017 Rosé de Garnacha

Rose colored with flavors of melon, lychee, and strawberry with a soft mouthfeel. 

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June 5, 2019

Paso Robles Daily News

Best Paso Robles red wines for summer 

2017 Grenache
A great nose of red berries with a floral first taste followed by a balance of acidity and fruit.k.

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June 6, 2019

Paso Robles Daily News

Best Paso Robles white wines for summer 

2016 Albariño

Delicate but robust with aromas of peach, apricot and honeydew, and a long, smooth finish. 

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June 5, 2019

Paso Robles Daily News

Best local zinfandel and Italian-style wines for the holiday 

Circle B 2015 Zinfandel Reserve

This wine delivers an overall balanced approach of fruit to acidity. Blackberries fruit, leather, cedar bring a rich flavor across the palette. This wine is the perfect pairing with BBQ Ribs. Only 25 Cases were produced.


2014 Zinfandel Reserve
Rich Ruby and Garnet color and fresh berries and plums on the nose. A beautiful balance of fruit on the palate with a hint of cedar, black cherries and a soft oak finish. Only 25 cases were made. This would pair well with filet mignon or a porterhouse steak.

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November 20, 2018

Paso Robles Daily News

Best local Paso Robles rosé wines for the holidays 

2015 Rosé de Garnacha

This grenache-based rosé is made by Steve and Clara Baker at one of Paso Robles’ newer wineries, Circle B Vineyard. The wine has floral and citrus notes with light cranberry flavors, making it a perfect pair for a holiday meal. It will go well with appetizers and even turkey and fixin’s.

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December 13, 2016

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