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.
GOLD MEDAL - 2017 Craft Competition International Awards
" A lovely, supple Pinot Noir with hints of strawberry and earth" - S. Irene Virbila, Los Angeles Times
The tiny 2011 yield gave us enough fruit for just two barrels. We selected new French oak for one and neutral American oak for the second. The strawberry and raspberry notes of the 115 clone fruit were particularly dominant this year. The 777 clone berries held the sweetness in check with darker, earthier flavors resulting in a delicious, structured and multi-dimensional pinot. We only wish there were more of it…