Make Halter Ranch Vineyard a Destination in Paso Robles!
Last week, in late April, I posted a story about my tour of Paso Robles with Laura Jeffry who owns and operates 101 Wine Tours. Part of our day was spent at the brand new Halter Ranch Vineyard, what a treat.
Of course it’s not really new, but they have taken the winery and tasting room up to an impressive contemporary level that any wine lover should plan to experience.
That made this story an excellent column for the Santa Maria Times and the Lompoc Record. It appeared yesterday in my From the Vine column. Simply click on this convenient link to read all about it:
I must say the enthusiastic people behind Halter Ranch did a top notch job when designing the beautiful new building, and the long, winding caves. There’s a lovely covered bridge, very popular among brides, that leads through beautiful landscaped grounds to the new tasting room.
But this is no Disneyland-like escape, the wines here are seriously delicious and collectable. Winemaker Kevin Sass is a man with a passion for making ultra-premium wines, and you will recognize that fact in the quality of every sip of these complex blends, all grown in the estate vineyards.
The vineyards are sustainably-farmed with 15 different varieties of Bordeaux and Rhone grapevines.
The winemaker’s exceptional blends like the 2015 Rose of Grenache, Picpoul Blanc, Mourvedre, and Syrah, $21, are grown specifically for making this wine (most wineries use the run-off juice of other wines to make their Roses). I was also quite impressed by the 2013 CDP (Cotes de Paso), a Rhone blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah, and Tannat, $32, which was so deliciously fruity yet balanced and value-priced for its quality.
I really enjoyed the 2013 Syrah with just 10% Viognier, $35, in the Cote Rotie (Rhone Valley) style. It’s a very approachable red wine with layers of flavors. As you can see, this winery keeps their prices affordable considering the high quality of their winegrapes and the resulting wines.
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon is another great wine with the addition of 13% Malbec and 9% Petit Verdot, $35 (wine club prices are well discounted). I loved the balanced fruit flavors nicely threaded with notes of herbs and green peppers, ending on a long spicy finish.
At the end, we tasted the amazing 2013 Ancestor, $55, a Bordeaux blend, their flagship wine. Made up of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, and Petit Verdot, this rare blend is packed with power and finesse. While you can enjoy it now, you would be rewarded by cellaring it a few years to let it develop into the great wine it will certainly become. It’s rare that I like every wine during a tasting like this one, yet I did indeed.
You can check them out in advance and secure your reservations for your favorite tour online at www.HalterRanch.com.
Halter Ranch Vineyard
8910 Adelaida Road
Paso Robles, CA
Open daily 11 AM until 5 PM
Learn more about 101 Wine Tours at www.101winetours.com, or call 805-874-CORK (2675)