Adelaida Cellars Paso Robles
This family-owned winery was established in 1981 and can be found just inland of the Pacific with estate vineyards planted at altitude and enjoying the benefit of considerable day to night temperature variations providing ripe, well balanced grapes with great acidity. The mountain limestone based soils also help in providing fruit of naturally very low yields. The HMR Vineyard Pinot Noir from the winery’s own Hoffman Mountain Ranch may be pricey but loaded with rich, exotically spicy dark fruit it is impressively structured and refined. The vineyard was planted in 1964. The finely structured, tight and elegant Cabernet also comes from the HMR Vineyard and a pricier example is also made from the firm’s Viking Vineyard. Dark, peppery Syrah comes from Adelaida’s high elevation Anna’s Vineyard. Unfined and unfiltered bottling ensures good depth and intensity. Other reds include Nebbiolo, Mourvèdre and two blends; Version which is pure Rhône varieties and Tribe which also includes a little Petite Sirah and Cabernet Franc. Of the whites the rich, citrus and nutmeg scented Burgundian style Chardonnay also comes from the HMR Vineyard, similarly planted around 45 years ago. The Viognier provides a piercing minerality as well as a restrained citrus and lightly aromatic character. (DM)
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