Halter Ranch Paso Robles
Swiss-born financier Hansjoerg Wyss purchased 364 ha (900 acres) of the 3,000 acre Halter Ranch in 2000. Some of the property had already been planted to vines but Hansjoerg has now taken that holding to 101 ha (250 acres). Much of his wish to do so is the aspect and site of the vineyards, which are 550 metres above sea level and planted on limestone-rich soils. Amongst an increasingly extensive range two well-made reds are crafted and reviewed here. In addition a Rhône style red blend Côtes de Paso, a Zinfandel and two premium labels Syrah Block 22 and Ancestor, a Bordeaux style are also made. At the foot of the red range is a well priced Cabernet/Syrah, Synthesis. The whites comprise a Sauvignon Blanc and a white Côtes de Paso. Both the Syrah and Cabernet undoubtedly benefit from their limestone low yield terroir. The Cabernet is full of tobacco and rich, ripe blackcurrant fruit, the Syrah dark pepper and spice. Both wines are aged for 16 months in 40% new wood. They should drink very well with two or three year’s age, the Cabernet is a touch more structured. (DM)
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