A Taste of True Myth Wines

True Myth is a specialty appellation winery that produces wines from regions along California’s Central Coast, focusing on Chardonnay from Edna Valley and Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles recently announced a nationwide launch of its wines.

I recently received two sample of the wines:

2014 True Myth Chardonnay Paragon Vineyard – Crafted from grapes grown solely in the Niven Family’s Paragon Vineyard. The vines, ranging from seven to 43 years old, are planted to a mix of Heritage and Dijon clones.  Fermented in 50% in French Oak barrels and 50% cold tank fermented. 38% total new oak, and aged 9 months on lees. This wine is SIP Certified sustainable. 13.5% alcohol; SRP – $18

2013 True Myth Cabernet Sauvignon – Sourced from six different vineyards in the Paso Robles AVA.  Aged in a mix of French and American oak barrels for 18 months (50% new). 14.5% alcohol; SRP of $24


My tasting notes follow:

2014 True Myth Chardonnay Paragon Vineyard 
Pale gold color with pear, white peach, pineapple, and vanilla flavors with hints of lemon curd, guava skin and honey. On the palate, it’s full-bodied, and lush with delicious white peach, pear, pineapple, butterscotch, vanilla flavors with bit of citrus, toasted oak and an appealing touch of minerality with a lingering finish.  If you enjoy a Chardonnay with lush tropical fruit, this one has your name on it! It offers very good value!  Very good (87-88 pts.)

Pair with crab cakes, creamy pasta dishes, mild Jerk Chicken, or grilled halibut.

2013 True Myth Cabernet Sauvignon 
Garnet color with aromatic and appealing cassis, blackberry, and spice aromas. On the palate, it’s medium-bodied with a good balance of fruit, acidity and tannins with appealing and delicious black cherry, cassis, blackberry, and dark chocolate flavors and a lingering finish. It offers very good value! Very good to outstanding (89-90 pts.)

Pair with a grilled steak, lamb burgers, or a hearty tomato based meaty pasta dish.

More About True Myth

Crafted by the Niven Family, who pioneered grape growing in the Edna Valley in 1973 with the planting of the historic Paragon Vineyard and have played a significant role in defining San Luis Obispo County’s farming history for more than 40 years, these wines are the latest chapter in their winemaking legacy.  A depiction of “Mother Nature at her finest,” True Myth takes advantage of nature’s gift of rich and fertile soils on California’s Central Coast, yielding wines that reflect the true terroir of their origin.  The name is inspired by the idea that “the one True Myth is Mother Nature.”


It is the latest project from Niven Family Wine Estates, a three-generation, family-owned wine group who pioneered the Edna Valley more than 40 years ago and have played an integral role in defining San Luis Obispo County’s farming history.   The family owns and farms 50% of all the Chardonnay grown in the Edna Valley.  True Myth represents a modern take on the family’s winemaking legacy in the region – it draws from old traditions while embracing modern techniques.  Made under the direction of Winemaker Christian Roguenant, a Burgundy-born and trained winemaker who has been producing Chardonnay for more than 30 vintages, these wines are a signature reflection of their terroir of origin.

The Niven Family Wine Estates’ portfolio includes the following sister brands: True Myth, Baileyana, Tangent, Zocker, Trenza, and Cadre.  Each winery has a specialized varietal focus and identity.

Wines provided as a samples for review.  Many thanks to James O’Hagan  and Glodow Nead Communications


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One Comment

  1. Vino Travels says:

    Pretty creative and cool labels!

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