About 3 hours south of San Francisco and about 10 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, you will find Paso Robles, part of the Central Coast AVA. Paso Robles is considered to have an ideal climate for growing Rhône varietals including Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre, Viognier, Marsanne, and Rousanne because of its warm climate and abundance of limestone in the soils. Paso also has been producing some terrific Bordeaux wines and has developed a reputation for complex blends.
An hour south of Paso Robles, and even closer to the Pacific Ocean, lies San Luis Obispo. Also part of the Central Coast AVA, San Luis Obispo benefits from a marine influence which provides a mild summer and warm fall, thus lengthening the growing season. The varietals Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Grenache, Syrah, and Albarino all benefit from this climate.
X-Line Vineyard (Cabernet Sauvignon)
A fairly new 83 acre vineyard that only produced the first grapes in 2016. We are expecting big things from this vineyard given its spectacular location on the West Side of Paso Robles, soils, elevation, and vineyard manager. There are very, very few new vineyards being planted on the West Side due to suitable locations, so many wineries (especially us!) are excited to taste the wine.
We use two vineyards in this area, both just a couple miles inland from the Pacific Ocean and the quaint town of Pismo Beach. These vineyards produces exceptional fruit in a very unique micro-climate. The close proximity to the ocean provides a constant “cooling” and long growing season, while the southern facing slopes allow the fruit to fully mature. This ideal combination produces ripe fruit, with well balanced sugar and acid levels.