2021 Vina Robles Viognier 

100% Viognier

Hans Nef was an entrepreneur, engineer, developer, and restaurateur — but his two greatest passions were wine and his family. Growing up in a rural village outside Zurich, Switzerland, he gained an early appreciation for agriculture. Having studied civil engineering, Hans eventually founded his own civil engineering consultancy firm. He later became a collector of fine Bordeaux wines, and ultimately branched out into the wine importation business. As his interest in California wines intensified, he began an extensive search for the perfect place to plant grapes and make wine. This brought him to Paso Robles where he planted his first vineyard in 1997, and established Vina Robles in 1998.

Viognier is planted at the highest point in the estate vineyard and benefits from the cooling Pacific breezes that blow through the Templeton Gap in the afternoon. The fruit was handpicked in mid-September during the cool night-time temperatures. Upon harvest, the fruit was gently pressed and the juice was cold settled, racked, and then cold fermented in stainless steel tanks with a selected yeast strain to complement the expressive varietal fruit. The wine was further cold aged sur lie in small stainless steel tanks until bottling to enhance mouthfeel and preserve freshness.

 

Tasting Notes-Light golden straw color accompanied by aromas of peach and mango with hints of mandarin orange and light ginger. Medium-bodied with peach, citrus and spice notes, moderate acidity with some minerality leading to a quenching, full finish. A rich vibrant example of this Rhône variety. Pair with roasted chicken, soft cheese and grilled fruit.

2017 Finca Los Halcones Ltd

100% Bobal

The location of these old vineyards is called “Finca Los Halcones”. Here old Bobal vines are a magnet for innovation and connection between their terroir and the consumer. The microclimate and the prized location of the vineyard make this a different, harmonious wine with its own personality. For over eighty years these vines have been adapting to climate change, without altering quality.  Only the best selection of 55 French oak barrels is selected to make only 2,200 cases.  Aged for 12 months French oak and another 12 months in bottle, makes a harmonious wine, with personality and hallmark signature.

 

Tasting Notes-Fine smoky oak on the nose. Plump powerful cranberry fruit in the mouth, balanced by firmly grippy tannin and punchy acidity. Big rustic wine.