Robert Parker, Jr., Wine Advocate
"This high-quality, hidden gem of an estate consistently produces a bevy of superb wines....A winery that flies under the radar, Adelaida Cellars consistently produces classy, balanced and fruit filled wines that show the best of the region. They’re always well-made and highly drinkable."
"Adelaida’s seven distinct family owned vineyards lie in the hillside terrain of westside Paso Robles, 14 miles from the Pacific Coast. Ranging from 1500 – 2000 feet in elevation these low yielding vines are challenged by chalky limestone soils, afternoon blasts of cool marine air, and a diurnal temperature swing of 40-45 degrees.
The favored grape in blends from the Southern Rhône Valley of France, Grenache on its own brings sunshine & warm berry-like flavors to its eponymous wine. Mostly sourced from the steep mountain terrain of our Anna’s Estate Vineyard (80%) with the balance from the terraces of neighboring Glenrose Vineyard, this 100% Grenache was picked in mid October, a delayed harvest due to the cool 2011 growing season.
It shows ripe, supple flavors and an enriching overlay from its nearly two year sojourn in 60% French oak barrels. Softly textured, this is a wine for lighter meals, tapas, or solo sipping. Still youthful, it benefits from aeration ultimately revealing a full palate of spiced berries. Best enjoyed now through 2015.
Aroma: Strawberry, anise, cinnamon, vanilla. Palate: Red berry compote, sweet baking spices. Pairings: roast pork loin w/sauerkraut, planked salmon w/ baked root vegetables."
||22 months in French oak, 60% new
||Paso Robles, California
Limestone is rarely found in California and it's the reason why the land was so sought after by famous wine making families like the Perrin Family of Chateau Beaucastel who founded Tablas Creek. After seeing the quality of wines that were being produced by Adelaida who, had been making wine since the late 1800's, they settled on the land that reminded them so specifically of Chateauneuf du Pape: limestone soils, a favorable climate and rigged terrain.