About Tobin James Fat Boy Zinfandel 2016:
Year after year, Tobin James Cellars has produced the most outrageous, bodacious, most interesting wines that wine lovers seek from around the world. Tobin James Fat Boy Zinfandel 2016 is no exception – the wine is smooth and velvety on the palate, with very light tannins and medium to soft acid.
Color – Medium to Dark Garnet
Nose – Raspberries, Dark Berries, Plum with a touch of oak. Very slight nasal burn due to alcohol 15.6%
Palate – Jammy, Boysenberries, Plum, hint of Chocolate and Tobacco. Smooth on the palate, very light tannins and medium to soft acid.
Located eight miles east of Paso Robles on Highway 46, Tobin James Cellars sits among 71 acres of vineyards and oak dotted hills. Zinfandel has flourished in California since the mid-1800s, when it hitched a ride from Boston, Massachusetts with Frederick Macondray, a sea captain, banker, and avid greenhouse gardener. The grape caught on quickly because it was both easy to grow and could make delicious wines.
Californian Zinfandel is fruit-forward with bursts of jam, cherry, blueberry, and plums, accompanied by licorice, spices, and pepper. It’s on the bolder side and generally has a relatively high alcohol content.
About The Winery:
Tobin James Cellars is family owned and operated by Tobin James, Lance Silver, and Claire Silver. Lance and Claire Silver met Tobin “Toby” James in 1996 on a quest to either buy an existing winery or start a new one. The trio quickly clicked and knew that a partnership would answer their dreams. The three partners make a perfect match between winemaking and business expertise.
When a local grape harvester showed up at with six tons of Zinfandel grapes that he was willing to give away, Tobin “Toby” James, a young assistant winemaker at the time, asked if he could have the grapes to make his own wine.
“Sure kid, knock yourself out,” the owner replied.
A year and a half later, Toby’s first wine—the now-famous 1985 Blue Moon Zinfandel—won double gold medals, and a spot on The Wine Spectator’s coveted “Top 100 Wines of the Year.” Tobin James Cellars was born.
For the next few years, Toby quietly produced his own popular small-batch wines, tasting and selling them out of a local wine shop in Paso Robles. Then in 1993, Toby finally took the plunge and built Tobin James Cellars.