HMR is the abbreviated name of Hoffman Mountain Ranch, the original vineyard planted by Dr. Stanley Hoffman. This historic property dating from the early 1960s is devoted exclusively to Burgundian grape varieties, rarely found in Paso Robles. Adelaida purchased the HMR estate in 1994. This choice real estate, planted in a narrow west to east gap of the Santa Lucia mountain range, lies in a uniquely cooler micro-climate, benefiting from the moderating afternoon onshore Pacific air current. Our Miocene era chalk-rock soil leaves a trademark mineral influence. The four-acre Chardonnay Block is based on the original 1973 HMR vine material.
The 2018 Chardonnay highlights the finesse of our HMR vineyard. The aromatics are well rounded and abundant with hints of Meyer lemon tart, roasted marshmallow, and peach blossom. Once sipped you can expect subtle, yet significant nuances of candied lemon zest, nutmeg, and orchard stone fruit all balanced by a naturally occurring acidity that will allow for lengthy aging. Drink now through 2023.
94 Points | Doug Wilder, Purely Domestic Wine Report