TRUE MYTH is a new wine brand by San Luis Obispo’s Niven family, known for their four decades of pioneering grape growing in the Edna Valley, specifically at Jack Niven’s historic Paragon Vineyard established in 1973. The Chardonnay carries the San Luis Obispo appellation and the Cabernet is Paso Robles. And if the Niven family and those places of origin don’t raise your interest, then I wager the label design will. Both bottles are encased in labels that feature whimsical Monarch butterflies — symbolic of nature’s beauty and gifts of sun, soils and climate in this area. The second and third generation of the family run the wine operations today. French winemaker Christian Roguenant, who has worked for the Nivens for 16 years, makes the True Myth wines. New releases of the True Myth Chardonnay and Cabernet are rolling out in stores this spring. You’ll know them by the fetching Monarch butterflies.
True Myth Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles 2013, $24: This approachable dry red is teeming with intense dark berries, cherry, currant and cola flavors. You pick up the sweet caramel-spice notes off the barrels; tannins are smooth; texture is creamy. It’s aged in a mix of French and American oak for 18 months. The warm, rugged terrain of Paso is known for its spectacular reds. The Nivens sourced these grapes from six vineyards there.
True Myth Chardonnay Paragon Vineyard San Luis Obispo 2014, $18: Layers of tropical fruit, white stone fruit and pear are infused with minerality and supported by refreshing acidity. It has a textured creaminess on the palate and the finish is marked by toasted oak and vanilla bean. The fruit is all from the Niven family’s Paragon Vineyard in the Edna Valley. It’s 50 percent fermented in French oak, 50 percent stainless steel.
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