In vintages which allow it, we produce small amounts of dessert wines using the vin de paille process. This traditional technique begins with laying ripe (but not overripe) bunches of carefully hand-picked grapes on straw to dehydrate in the sun. When the grapes have reached the desired concentration, they are moved to the cellar, pressed and fermented slowly in oak. The result is sweet wines with richness, balance, and a freshness unusual among dessert wines.
We make three different vin de paille-style wines. Our Vin de Paille is a blend of four white Rhone grapes: Roussanne, Grenache Blanc, Marsanne, and Viognier. Our 100% Roussanne Vin de Paille "Quintessence" is made from a single barrel of the most intense Roussanne. And our 100% Mourvèdre Vin de Paille "Sacrérouge" is, we think, the only wine of its kind made anywhere in the world.
Join us for the Paso Robles Wine Community's biggest celebration! We'll pour Esprit de Beaucastel at Friday's Reserve Event and a range of new releases at Saturday's Grand Tasting. And all weekend we'll have special wines open at the winery and will be taking tours to visit our herd of sheep, alpacas and donkeys. Sunday 11am to 1:30pm enjoy Chef Jacob Lovejoy's small plates, free with a tasting. Details & more events »
In May, we're featuring our 2011 Cotes de Tablas Blanc at a 10% discount. In 2011, our Viognier crop was cut by 80% due to spring frost, leaving a tiny, intense yield of less than one-half a ton per acre. The resulting wine is rich and tropical, with stone fruits and honey, but at the same time firmly dry, with a very long, saline & mineral finish. Details »
May 15, 2013
Take a look at the seven-line entry of Frank Schoonmaker, America’s foremost wine expert and author in 1964, about terroir. His association, rather than the "somewhereness" the wine exhibits, is more of a taste of dirt, neither elegant nor elevated: "somewhat unpleasant, common, persistent”. My, how things have changed. More »