Western Paso Robles is the epicenter of new Rhône plantings in California. We first sourced Rhône grapes for our Grenache Blanc from Adelaida Vineyards in 2018. The next year, we introduced a second bottling with grapes from Halter Ranch. Both vineyards are in the cooler climate and limestone soils of the Adelaida Hills District of the larger Paso Robles AVA, and up until this year, we have bottled them separately.
The 2022 vintage is slightly different in that we have added a third Paso Robles vineyard source—Fossil Creek Vineyard—and have decided to blend all three vineyard sources into one wine. We feel that this new wine is not only a better representation of the western Paso Robles AVA, but it also creates a more complete wine that is better than the sum of its parts.
Each of these vineyards lends a unique set of characteristics and traits to the overall wine. The Adelaida Vineyard (61%) provides pure exotic fruit, the Halter Ranch Vineyard (15%) gives mouthfeel and body, while the Fossil Creek Vineyard (24%) lends beautiful natural acidity from the young vines and picpoul grown there. At 86% grenache blanc and 14% picpoul, the wine exemplifies how well the western hills of the Paso Robles AVA is matched to these varieties. Summer fogs off the Pacific, just 14 miles away, and minerality from rare limestone soils offer a stunning portrayal of a unique wine-growing region. We are thrilled to release this wine as it continues to grow in popularity and improve in quality each year.
“Attractive, golden color. Aromas of white flowers, peach, ripe melon, pineapple, key lime, and wet stone. A bright and clean entry with medium body. Complex mouthfeel with minerality and fresh natural acidity lead to a mouthwatering finish.” — Trester Goetting, Winemaker at Monte Bello
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