In a recent article from Antonio Galloni - Vinous (September 2018), 11 Adelaida wines scored 90 points or more. The 11 wines are a mix of current and future (2019 & 2020) releases. Read on for more.
Zinfandel, Michael's Estate Vineyard 2016 Shop Now
93 points - Bright purple. Expansive dark berry and cherry liqueur aromas are complemented by hints of vanilla, pungent flowers and woodsmoke. Juicy blackberry and bitter cherry flavors stain the palate and pick up peppery spice and mocha qualities as the wine stretches out. Rich but energetic as well, showing no excess fat. The extremely long, seamless, intensely dark-fruit-dominated finish is framed by supple, harmonious tannins.
Anna‘s Red Signature, Anna‘s Estate Vineyard 2016 Shop Now
93 Points - Deep brilliant ruby. Sexy, oak-spiced dark berry, cola and mocha scents are energized by cracked pepper and graphite flourishes. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering concentrated cassis, cherry-vanilla and spicecake flavors and a building floral quality. Quite energetic for its heft, showing excellent clarity and mineral cut on a long, smooth, subtly tannic finish.
Cabernet Sauvignon Signature, Viking Estate Vineyard 2016 Shop Now
92 Points - Opaque ruby. Ripe dark berries, succulent flowers, smoky oak and a touch of mocha on the highly perfumed nose. Intense black and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors put on weight as the wine opens up. Fleshy and impressively concentrated but energetic as well. Finishes with impressive clarity and persistence; sneaky tannins lend closing grip.
Syrah Signature, Anna‘s Estate Vineyard 2016 Shop Now
92 Points - (40% new French oak) Opaque ruby. Smoke-accented boysenberry, cherry pit, bacon and floral aromas show excellent clarity and mineral lift. Silky and energetic on the palate, offering impressively concentrated black and blue fruit, spicecake and floral pastille flavors braced by a spine of juicy acidity. The persistent, seamless, appealingly sweet finish features interwoven tannins and resonating florality.
Pinot Noir, HMR Estate Vineyard 2016 Shop Now
91 points - Brilliant red. Displays aromas of dried red berries, cherry pit and baking spices, plus a hint of potpourri in the background. An energetic, silky midweight wine that features smoke-accented raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a hint of white pepper. Energetic and tightly wound, finishing long and spicy, with fine-grained tannins adding gentle grip.
Twenty Three Twenty, Estate Vineyards 2016 - Release 2020
94 points - Bright purple. Deeply perfumed cherry preserve and blackberry aromas are complemented by suggestions of white pepper, candied licorice, vanilla and incense. Plush, broad and alluringly sweet, offering intense black and blue fruit, spicecake, violet pastille and mocha flavors and a bright minerally nuance that builds with air. An impressively long, floral-driven finish shows outstanding clarity and suave, harmonious tannins.
Syrah Signature, Viking Estate Vineyard 2016 - Release 2020
93 points - (raised in 60% new French oak) Youthful purple. A complex, expansive bouquet evokes candied dark berries, incense and vanilla, along with hints of licorice, cola and olive paste. Juicy blackberry and cherry cola flavors show excellent clarity, and a peppery nuance adds spicy lift. Smoothly balances power and elegance and shows no rough edges on the subtly tannic finish, which leaves sweet mocha and cherry liqueur notes behind.
Cabernet Franc Signature, Viking Estate Vineyard 2016 - Release 2019
92 Points - Lurid violet. Potent black currant, cherry and cedary oak scents are complicated by pipe tobacco, candied rose and cracked pepper nuances. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering concentrated dark berry, bitter cherry and succulent herb flavors plus a hint of smokiness. Delivers a solid punch of flavor and comes off surprisingly lithe for its heft. Finishes with mounting tannins, a jolt of peppery spices and strong, floral-driven persistence.
Mourvèdre Signature, Anna's Estate VIneyard 2016 - Release 2019
92 points - Glass-staining ruby. Smoke- and black-pepper-accented dark berry, cherry pit and floral aromas are sharpened by a bright mineral note, and a hint of candied licorice emerges with air. Palate-coating cassis and bitter cherry flavors show a touch of violet, and zesty acidity adds back-end bite. Closes firm and long, with very good focus and chewy tannins coming on late.
Chardonnay, HMR Estate Vineyards - Release 2019
92 points - Vivid yellow-gold. An exotically perfumed, powerful bouquet evokes pear and peach nectar, vanilla and candied ginger, with a smoky quality building in the glass. Sappy, seamless and concentrated, offering intense orchard and pit fruit flavors that are braced by dusty mineral and bitter orange pith qualities. Clings impressively on the mineral-accented finish, leaving hints of toasty lees and fennel behind.
Cabernet Sauvignon Syrah Signature, Estate Vineyards 2016 - Release 2019
91 points - Glass-staining ruby. Smoke- and black-pepper-accented dark berry, cherry pit and floral aromas are sharpened by a bright mineral note, and a hint of candied licorice emerges with air. Palate-coating cassis and bitter cherry flavors show a touch of violet, and zesty acidity adds back-end bite. Closes firm and long, with very good focus and chewy tannins coming on late.
94 points - Twenty Three Twenty Signature 2015
A blend of 32% Syrah, 22% Petite Sirah, 20% Mourvèdre, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Viognier, the 2015 Twenty Three Twenty Signature Estate sports a deep garnet-purple color and nose of crushed black cherries, spiced blackberries and crème de cassis with suggestions of sandalwood and dried Provence herbs. The full-bodied palate delivers taut, muscular black fruits and spice box layers, framed by firm, rounded tannins and tons of freshness, finishing long and layered.
93+ points - Cabernet Sauvignon Signature, VIking Estate Vineyard 2015
Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature Viking Vineyard has a vibrant nose of crushed black and red currants with suggestions of plums, cedar chest, pencil lead and bay leaves, plus a waft of cloves. Full-bodied, richly fruited and packed with expressive red and black fruit layers, it has a solid backbone of grainy tannins and plenty of freshness, finishing with great length.
91+ points - Cabernet Sauvignon/ Syrah Signature, VIking Estate Vineyard 2015
Composed of 59% Cabernet Sauvignon and 41% Syrah, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah has a deep garnet-purple color and reveals dark chocolate, menthol and pencil shavings notions over a core of cassis, blackberry pie and wild blueberries, plus hints of lavender and dried herbs. Full-bodied, concentrated and offering up fairly open and expressive flavors at the youthful stage, it has a firm line of grainy tannins and lively acid to support, finishing long with an herbal lift.
Cabernet Sauvignon Signature, Viking Estate Vineyard 2014 Shop Now
94 Points - The 100% varietal 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature Viking Estate Vineyard also comes from the Viking Estate vineyard and spent 20 months in French oak. It offers a more serious, backward style in its full-bodied, concentrated profile. Terrific notes of lead pencil shavings, blackcurrants, roasted herbs and dark chocolate emerge from this beautiful, rich, textured Cabernet Sauvignon that's going to benefit from short term cellaring and keep for a decade or more.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Viking Estate Vineyard 2014 Shop Now
93 Points - From the Viking Estate Vineyard, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Viking Estate Vineyard spent 20 months in half new French oak barrels. It offers a terrific bouquet of toasted bread, crème de cassis, black raspberries, vanilla bean and spring flowers. Supple, sexy, layered and gorgeously polished, with tons of fruit, it would cost three times the price if it came from Napa.
Cabernet Franc Signature, Viking Estate Vineyard 2014 - email email@example.com
93 Points - A variety you don't see very often from Paso, the 2014 Cabernet Franc Signature Viking Estate Vineyard (85% Cabernet Franc, 15%Cabernet Sauvignon) spent 20 months in 50% new French oak. It has a deep ruby color to go with gorgeous notes of blackberries, blueberries, crushed violets and graphite nuances. Rich, medium to full-bodied, concentrated and layered, with a great texture, it shines both for its finesse and texture. Drink it anytime over the coming decade.
Finder, Estate Vineyards 2015 – Release Date: October 2017
90 Points - Much more exotic, perfumed and tropical, the 2015 Finder Estate (63% Roussanne, 36% Viognier and 1% Picpoul Blanc fermented and aged in barrel for 18 months) sports a medium gold/vibrant color to go with lots of sautéed peach, pineapple and spring flower aromas and flavors. It's beautifully fruit forward, has excellent purity and a great finish. Drink this outstanding 2015 in its youth while the fruit is front and center.
Cabernet Sauvignon Signature, Viking Estate Vineyard 2015 - Release Date: October 2017
93 Points - Coming all from their estate Viking Vineyard, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature Viking Estate Vineyard is impressive. Fermented in a mix of stainless steel and oak tanks, it spent 20 months in 75% new French oak before being bottled. Notes of black raspberries, peach pit, violets and hints of toasted spice all emerge from this medium-bodied, super elegant, silky wine that has fine tannin and a great finish.
Syrah Signature, Anna‘s Estate Vineyard 2015 - Release Date: October 2017
92+ Points - Smoked herbs, chocolate, roasted meats and loads of ripe blacker fruits emerge from the 2015 Syrah Signature Anna's Estate Vineyard and it has plenty of toasty oak, medium to full-bodied richness, ripe tannin and tons of charm. Give it a year in bottle. This cuvée is 93% Syrah and 7% Viognier, aged 18 months in 60% new French oak.
Cabernet Franc Signature, Viking Estate Vineyard 2015 - Release Date: March 2018
92 Points - The 2015 Cabernet Franc Signature Viking Estate Vineyard is also gorgeous, and it spent 20 months in 90% new French oak. Black raspberries, blueberries, violets, earth and spring flower characteristics all emerge from this silky, polished, impeccably balanced Cabernet Franc that has fine tannin, solid mid-palate depth and a great finish. Drink it anytime over the coming decade.
Anna‘s Red Signature, Anna‘s Estate Vineyard 2015 - Release Date: April 2018
91 Points - The 2015 Anna's Red Signature Anna's Estate Vineyard checks in as 38% Syrah, 31% Mourvèdre, 18% Grenache, 10% Petite Sirah and 3% Viognier all from the estate Anna's Vineyard. Aged 18 months in French oak, it offers notes of black raspberries, toasted spice, licorice and dried earth. Medium-bodied, impeccably balanced, elegant and lengthy, it has an understate style, yet grows on you with time in the glass.
In July, Adelaida Vineyards & Winery was nominated by a team of wine experts as one of the top 20 tasting rooms in America by USA Today. From there, they put the outcome in the hands of their readers and the wineries fans to decide which tasting room would be crowned the winner. After three weeks of voting, the results are in and Adelaida was named number four.
We are honored to have been nominated and voted into the top five tasting rooms. As one of first ten wineries in Paso Robles and the premiere winery of the Adelaida District, Adelaida’s roots run deep. We believe that history has always been a key to our success. But we have always looked toward the future and the addition of a new tasting room is one example. We thank all the fans and readers who voted and all of our guests who have supported us over the years.
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Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, the Paso Robles American Viticultural Area (AVA) takes in a sprawling, western landscape of rolling hills, rugged mountainsides and Pacific Ocean coastline. The area is so large and diverse that it now encompasses 11 smaller AVAs, including the Adelaida District and Templeton Gap District.
Sun- and heat-loving Zinfandel was Paso Robles’ first calling card, and some of the state’s best are still found here. A second wave of wine production in the region saw Bordeaux varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon come to prominence. But recent years have seen the burgeoning prestige of what is known as the “Westside”—west of the town of Paso Robles itself—where the flat plains east of town give way to the steep hillsides of the Coast Range, and temperatures are moderated. These vineyards are among those that have led the charge for the Rhône-style wines, like Syrah, Viognier and blends featuring Grenache and Mourvedre, that are enchanting many wine lovers. In the southwest, the fog and Pacific breezes coming through the Templeton Gap, have influenced the vineyards, which produce wines—including Pinot Noirs—that have a cool climate freshness and acidity.
There are many tasting rooms right downtown in the charming town of Paso Robles itself, but the scenic beauty of the area—and attractions like the Hearst Castle at San Simeon and Morro Bay—make it worthwhile to get out on the roads and take it all in. —Richard Nalley
Family owned Adelaida is one of Paso’s pioneers, established in 1981, and a case study for winemaking at altitude—its 157 acres of vineyard lie on soil that’s situated at 1,400-2,000 feet. Visitors experience the impressive altitude firsthand, driving up to the hilltop tasting room. Though best known for its Rhône wines, Adelaida makes an array of other wines, including Pinot Noir and Cabernet, and pours a generous selection in the tasting room ($10). Book ahead for special experiences like the vineyard tour that culminates with a tailgate picnic at 2,3000 feet ($50). adelaida.com
VIKING VINEYARD CABERNET GIFT SET
Enjoy three Bordeaux style wines from our Viking Estate Vineyard. This three bottle sets includes: (1) Cabernet Sauvignon Signature, Viking Estate Vineyard 2014 (92-94 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate); (1) Cabernet Sauvignon Viking Estate Vineyard 2014 (92-94 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate); and (1) Cabernet Franc Signature, Viking Estate Vineyard 2014
$179 Members, shipping & black gift box included
RHÔNE STYLE RED AND WHITE BLEND GIFT SET
Enjoy the elegance of Anna’s Estate Vineyard expressed in two Rhône style wines. The Anna's gift set includes: (1) Anna’s White Signature Anna's Estate Vineyard 2014 (90 points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate) and (1) Anna’s Red Signature, Anna's Estate Vineyard 2014.
$89 Members, shipping and black gift box included
HMR VINEYARD TWO BOTTLE GIFT COLLECTION
PINOT NOIR AND CHARDONNAY GIFT SET
“Probably the most impressive Pinot I’ve tasted from Paso...”
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
$98 Members, shipping and black gift box included
In a recent article from Antonio Galloni - Vinous (September 2016), six Adelaida wines scored 90 points or more. Wines included: Cabernet Sauvignon Signature, Viking Estate Vineyard 2013 (90 points); Mourvedre Signature, Anna's Estate Vineyard 2014 (91 points); Syrah Signature, Anna’s Estate Vineyard 2014 (91 points); Tribe Signature 2013 (92 points); Gamay Noir, HMR Estate Vineyard 2014 (90 points); and Pinot Noir, HMR Estate Vineyard 2014 (90 points).
Article Excerpt: Paso Robles: Taming the Beast by Josh Raynolds
"After extensive construction, work a fancy new tasting room and visitor's center has been completed at this strikingly scenic hilltop site, making Adelaida among the region’s most attractive spots for wine tasting. The quality, consistency, and approachability of the wines has increased since 2012 when winemaker Jeremy Weintraub took the reins."
In the most recent issue of Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (August 2016), seven wines from Adelaida Vineyards & Winery scored 90 points or more. Wines included: Cabernet Sauvignon Signature, Viking Estate Vineyard 2014 (92-94 points); Cabernet Sauvignon, Viking Estate Vineyard 2014 (92-94 points); Syrah Signature, Anna’s Estate Vineyard 2014 (92+ points); Cabernet Sauvignon Signature, Viking Estate Vineyard 2013 (92 points); Tribe Signature 2013 (91 points); and Anna’s White Signature, Anna’s Estate Vineyard 2014 (90 points).
"While Paso Robles has been synonymous with the Rhône movement for over a decade now, it is worth noting the quality of the Bordeaux varieties coming from these limestone hills today. I'm increasingly seeing incredible wines based largely on Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and other Bordeaux varieties from Paso Robles. While it may be hard for readers to believe, trust me when I tell you that these top-quality releases are a match for the best wines from California's North Coast. Top estates producing Bordeaux varieties include Adelaida, l'Aventure, Booker, Daou, Denner, Jada, Justin and The Farm Winery. I expect this list to continue to grow."
"An estate that continues to go from strength to strength is Adelaida Cellars, which is located on the northern side of Paso Robles, just off of Adelaida Road. The wines are made by Jeremy Weintraub, and as I've said in the past, these are classic Paso Robles wines that merit attention."
ESTATE ROSÉ 2015 - 96 POINTS
THE TASTING PANEL
"Stunning from its chalky strawberry brilliance to its prom dress pink hue, the blend of 51% Grenache, 24% Carignan, 14% Cinsault, 5% Mourvèdre, 4% Counoise and 2% Syrah knocked me out when I tasted it at the winery's brand new gorgeous tasting room atop Adelaida Mountain. The lemongrass-peach middle is an unexpected "ooooh" due to a strapping, searing minerality that keeps the mouth awake, but aware of greatness."
April 26, 2016 (Paso Robles, CA) – Adelaida Vineyards & Winery opened its new tasting room earlier this month and announced its plans for a Grand Opening Celebration May 6-8. The new facility, designed in a contemporary agrarian style features a sensory room, an extended wine bar, Club 2320 members’ lounge and patio seating all designed to host wine enthusiasts in a comfortable indoor and outdoor environment. The winery invites guests to celebrate the Grand Opening weekend, a milestone for the Paso Robles pioneer and experience Adelaida Cellars continued commitment to crafting world-class wines.
The new 8,200-square-foot hospitality center replaces the 600-square-foot tasting room. The more spacious hospitality center was built from the brand’s continuous growth over the past five years as consumers continue to discover the Paso Robles wine region and Adelaida Cellars. A new commercial kitchen adds additional options to taste Adelaida wines with food, wine pairings and library tasting offerings.
The new expanded space positions Adelaida Cellars as a potential venue for conferences and meetings in its subterranean Barrel Room, holding up to 200 guests with full audiovisual equipment available. The winery will also host a limited number of weddings each year. Furthermore, Adelaida plans to expand upon its popular educational seminars, winemaker dinners and event offerings.
“With views of the estate, several tasting areas and event spaces, the new hospitality center really allows guests to immerse themselves in Adelaida Cellars,” said general manager Jessica Kolhoff. “We couldn’t be happier to pour our wines in this beautiful building.”
The Grand Opening weekend celebration kicks off on Friday, May 6 with a five-course winemaker dinner featuring chef Dakota Weiss, winemaker Jeremy Weintraub and music by Churo de ouro. Upon arrival, guests will tour the new tasting room for wine and appetizers before descending to the Barrel Room. Each course will be perfectly paired with the current Adelaida wines which feature the newly designed label. Tickets are on sale and available by calling 800-676-1232 ext. 30 or firstname.lastname@example.org. On Saturday and Sunday, May 7 - 8, join the Adelaida team for appetizers prepared by Chef Dakota, live music and tours of the new facility.