Review: Volatus 2016 “Bloody Well Right” Tannat and 2018 CAVU

Review: Volatus 2016 “Bloody Well Right” Tannat and 2018 CAVU

Here’s a pair of wines from Paso Robles’ Volatus. If some of the names sound familiar, it’s because co-owner Victoria Schmitt’s father was Supertramp’s drummer.

On to the wines.

2016 Volatus “Bloody Well Right” Tannat Paso Robles – 100% tannat — unusual, to say the least. The wine is a hefty beast, pushy with earth, eucalyptus, and pencil lead, all filtered through blackberry brambles and tarry currant notes. Very drying with a significant level of tannin; this could settle down in a few years to become more approachable. B / $34

2018 Volatus CAVU Paso Robles Willow Creek District – A blend of 67% viognier and 33% roussanne. It’s softer than you’d think, with none of the expressive peach and floral notes that one expects from a viognier-heavy blend. Instead, the wine comes across as doughy and flat, finishing not with fruit but with a thud that barely hints at white flowers. It’s drinkable but never interesting — though I’d happily cook with it. C+ / $28

2016 Volatus "Bloody Well Right" Tannat Paso Robles




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.

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