GOLD MEDAL, 91 points - 2016 World Wine Championships
GOLD MEDAL - 2016 Craft Competition International Awards
We sourced the fruit for this year's Pseudonym from the Tondre Grapefield Vineyard in the Santa Lucia Highlands AVA. Just like his father Tondre, grower Joe Alarid is passionate about his vines and grows several different pinot clones. The southeast facing slopes provide ample sunlight and even ripening throughout the long growing season. A strong coastal influence from the Monterey Bay ensures cool nights, preserving acidity for firm structure.
EDITOR'S CHOICE, 93 Points - Wine Enthusiast
GOLD MEDAL WINNER, 90 Points - 2016 World Wine Championships Award
Hidden Valley Vineyard is our estate vineyard, located in the Templeton gap area of Paso Robles’ Westside. The sloping terrain drains rapidly and the vines enjoy long warm days and cool nights throughout the growing season. The mature, cane pruned vines produce low yields of intense and expressive fruit.
GOLD MEDAL WINNER, 91 Points - Affairs of the Vine 13th Annual Pinot Noir Shootout
GOLD MEDAL WINNER, 92 Points - World Wine Championship 2016
Hidden Valley Vineyard is our Estate vineyard, located in Paso Robles’ Westside, just south of scenic Highway 46 West. Late in the growing season, the coastal influence that creates the cooler Templeton Gap micro-climate often brings a swirling morning fog to the lower parts of the vineyard. Our Pinot Noir block is planted at the lowest, coolest spot in the field which we nicknamed “Foggy Bottom." We use the tiny yield from this area of the vineyard to create our Reserve bottling.
SILVER MEDAL WINNER - 2015 Sunset International Wine Competition
The Fairbairn Vineyard is a tiny three acre site, tucked away in a virtually inaccessible area about a mile from our estate vineyard in the Templeton Gap. The vineyard was planted by our dear friend Robin Fairbairn, who passed away just a few months after this vintage was harvested. The vineyard is dry farmed and the vines head trained. With no trellises or irrigation, the vineyard has a very wild and natural feel that is very evident in the brambly fruit. In some ways, the vines reflect the character of the man who planted them - strong and self sufficient and with a brash, adventurous streak. We hope we captured some of that spirit in the wine and we hope you will join us in raising a glass to Robin.