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Adelaida’s seven distinct family owned vineyards lie in the hillside terrain of westside Paso Robles, 14 miles from the Pacific Coast. Ranging from 1500 – 2000 feet in elevation these low yielding vines are challenged by chalky limestone soils, afternoon blasts of cool marine air, and a diurnal temperature swing of 40-45 degrees.
In 2011 Paso Robles experienced a rare cool growing season necessitating a late October harvest to reach both sugar and phenolic ripeness. A subsidiary benefit of low summer temperatures is a slightly higher natural fruit acidity, characteristic of our elevated mountain location and importantly, a precursor to the wine’s potential for long term ageing.
As the vines celebrate their 20th birthday they begin to reveal a greater expression of site, combining the minerality of our limestone hills with the crisp red berry profile of this ridge top Estate vineyard. Four “best barrels” were selected for this Reserve bottling. This wine will benefit from additional cellaring, or decant for a couple of hours to get beyond its youthful reticence. Drink through 2021.