Wine Regions Paso Robles Wine Region Located nearly halfway between Los Angeles & San Francisco Paso Robles wine region divided in half by Highway 101 (runs North and South) Western Half: Eastern Half: Rolling Hills Predominantly Flat Countryside California Wine Regions
Vineyard B9,441 Vines 18.0 Acres Vineyard A4,685 Vines 8.9 Acres Alta Vista Ranch - Vineyards Elevations House = 1,120 ft Barn = 900 ft
Vineyard AVine Block Locations Syrah 1,175 Vines 2.2 Acres Petite Sirah1,176 Vines 2.2 Acres Zinfandel 2,334 Vines 4.5 Acres Planted in 2003 Vineyard A Consists of 4,685 Vines on 8.9 Acres
Vineyard BVine Block Locations Mourvedre2,712 Vines 5.2 Acres Grenache 2,709 Vines 5.2 Acres Tannat1,181 Vines 2.2 Acres Zinfandel 2,839 Vines 5.4 Acres Planted in 2005 Vineyard B Consists of 9,441 Vines on 18.o Acres
Zinfandel (From Vineyard A – Prior to 2nd Harvest, Sep 13, 2009) The grapes typically produce a robust red wine, although the taste of the wine depends on the ripeness of the grape. The grape's high sugar content can be fermented into levels of alcohol exceeding 15 percent. Red berry fruits like raspberry predominate in wines from cooler areas,whereas blackberry, anise and pepper notes are more common in wines made in warmer areasand in wines made from the earlier-ripening Primitivo clone. The Paso Robles AVA with its hot days and cool maritime evenings, produces Zinfandel known for being soft and round.
Petite Sirah(From Vineyard A – Prior to 2nd Harvest, Sep 13, 2009) Petite Sirah produces dark, inky colored wines that are relatively acidic, with firm texture and mouth feel; the bouquet has herbal and black pepper overtones, and typically offers flavors of blue fruit, black fruit, and plums. The "petite" in the name of this grape refers to the size of its berries and not the vine, which is particularly vigorous. The leaves are large, with a bright green upper surface and paler green lower surface. The grape forms tightly packed clusters. The small berries creates a high skin to juice ratio, which can produce very tannic wines if the juice goes through an extended maceration period.In the presence of new oak barrels, the wine can develop an aroma of melted chocolate.
Grenache (From Vineyard B – Prior to 2nd Harvest, Sep 13, 2009) The Grenache vine is characterized by its strong wood canopy and upright growth. The vine buds early and requires a long growing season in order to fully ripen. Grenache is often one of the last grapes to be harvest. The long ripening process allows the sugars in the grape to reach high levels, making Grenache based wines capable of substantial alcohol levels often north of 15% ABV. Grenache prefers hot, dry soils that are well drained. The skin of Grenache is thin and lightly pigmented, making wines with pale color and low tannins. The Alta Vista Grenache grapes will be used in Four Vines Winery’s Rose wine.
Mourvedre(From Vineyard B – Prior to 2nd Harvest, Sep 13, 2009) Mourvèdre produces tannic wines that can be high in alcohol, and is most successful in Rhone-style blends. Its taste varies greatly according to area, but often has a wild, gamey or earthy flavor, with soft red fruit flavors Mourvèdre is very late to ripen. The leaves have 3–5 lobes, the bunches are long, conical and winged. The berries are medium-sized and blue-black in color, with thick skins. Though the grape was originally named after a Spanish town, the word "Mourvèdre" is of French derivation, and is pronounced much like "moo-vahd" or "mor-vahd" in French.
Tannat(From Vineyard B – Prior to 2nd Harvest, Sep 13, 2009) Tannat is a vigorous vine, grown mainly in southwest France (foothills of the Pyrenees) and is a variety of great respectability ranking just below the aristocratic Cabernet and Pinot Noir. Tannat is characterized by its firm, tannic structure with raspberry aromas and the ability to age well. They often have a deep dark color with high level of alcohol. The resulting wines are typically full bodied and very fruity. The grape did not receive much attention until the late 20th century, when South American varietals of the wine began to receive international acclaim. In the 1990s several plantings began to pop up in California in the Paso Robles and Santa Cruz Mountains AVAs with such producers as Tablas Creek Vineyard using it in conjunction with Rhone varietals. Four Vines Winery also intends to use the Alta Vista Tannat in a similar fashion.
A Year in the Life of a VineyardJuly Fruit Drop
A Year in the Life of a VineyardVeraison – End of July early August
A Year in the Life of a VineyardProtecting the Grapes from Birds
A Year in the Life of a VineyardSeptember Ready for Harvest
A Year in the Life of a VineyardHarvest – The “Padrone”
A Year in the Life of a VineyardHarvest – Picking 6 Rows Simultaneously/Doris & Tiger Hedging Vines Ahead of Tractor
A Year in the Life of a VineyardHarvest - Picking
A Year in the Life of a VineyardHarvest - Picking
A Year in the Life of a VineyardHarvest - Leafing
A Year in the Life of a VineyardHarvest – Back to the Barn
A Year in the Life of a VineyardHarvest – Sampling with Winemaker
A Year in the Life of a VineyardHarvest – Weighing & Stacking Bins
A Year in the Life of a VineyardFirst Grapes Out- Destination Four Vines Winery
A Year in the Life of a VineyardHarvest Day is Done
A Year in the Life of a VineyardTime for a Cool Beer!
A Year in the Life of a VineyardThe beauty of Fall
A Year in the Life of a VineyardFall After Harvest
Alta Vista Ranch Transformation March 2003 June 2009 May 2004
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Paso Robles Wine Region Paso Robles wines tend to be deeply colored and rich due to the intensity of the sun, with fairly bright acidity due to the cool nights. However, beyond these generalizations, the region’s diversity prevents easy characterization of its wines. Paso Robles Wine Country is centrally located between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California's Central Coast. As California's fastest growing wine region and largest geographic appellation, the 24 square mile territory encompasses more than 26,000 vineyard acres and nearly 200 wineries. With a greater day-to-night temperature swing than any other appellation in California, distinct microclimates, diverse soils and a long growing season, Paso Robles is a unique wine region blessed with optimal growing conditions for producing premium and ultra premium wines. More than 40 wine grape varieties are grown in Paso Robles, ranging from Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, to Syrah, Viognier and Roussanne, to Zinfandel, the area's heritage wine varietal. California’s Central Coast is geologically different from other California wine growing regions. Unlike others with deep, rich fertile valley soils, there are four general soil types in the Paso Robles AVA primarily formed from weathering granite, serpentine, shale and limestone, with shale and limestone being the most predominant bedrock types. Soil diversity is the norm and a vineyard block may commonly contain several different soil types.
Paso Robles Wine Region One distinguishing factor of the Paso Robles AVA is the abundance of highly desirable limestone and calcareous-rich soils found throughout the region. Due to geologic uplift, chalky limestone shale is plentiful in Paso Robles’ west-side hills, where dense clay-based soils combine with relatively plentiful rainfall to make it possible for some vines to be dry-farmed without supplemental irrigation. East of the Salinas River, gently rolling hills, many of which are also rich in limestone, are covered with sandy, loamy soils. In the watershed areas, particularly the Estrella River plain, loam and clay are overlain with sand. The western boundary is just six miles from the Pacific Ocean. The appellation lies on the inland side of the Santa Lucia coastal mountains in San Luis Obispo County, and roughly forms a rectangle 35 miles from east to west, and 25 miles from north to south. It extends from the Monterey County border to the north, to the Cuesta Grade below Santa Margarita to the south, and from the Santa Lucia Mountains to the west, to the Cholame Hills to the east. The Paso Robles appellation comprises 614,000 acres of which more than 26,000 acres are in wine grape vines. It is the fastest growing and largest by far of three AVAs in San Luis Obispo County, and the main reason that the county ranks behind only Napa, Sonoma and Monterey counties in planted acreage among the state’s coastal growing areas.
Alta Vista Ranch Doris and Ken Bray Proprietors 1891 Kiler Canyon Road Paso Robles, California 93446 Telephone: (805) 237 - 0661