Paso Robles

Paso Robles received its designation as an AVA in 1983. Sitting on 666,618 acres in San Luis Obispo County, Paso Robles is home to eleven sub-districts, including: Adelaida District, Creston District, El Pomar District, Paso Robles Estrella District, Paso Robles Geneseo District, Paso Robles Highlands District, Paso Robles Willow Creek District, San Juan Creek, San Miguel District, Santa Margarita Ranch, and Templeton Gap District. By far the largest region in San Luis Obispo County, Paso Robles has over 19,000 acres under vine. The region features a mixture of silica clay and chalky lime soils. Closer to the Pacific, the western edge of Paso Robles has warm daytime temperatures, often topping 90 degrees during the peak of the growing season. The grapes are cooled by the maritime breezes coming in off the Pacific Ocean. Moving east across the region, the climate becomes more aired and drier than its western counterpart. In the east, fruit ripens more quickly than in the west, giving it bright flavors with low acidity and tannin structure. The more famous western region features a longer growing season allowing the fruit to take its time to ripen and develop a balance of acidity and tannin. Cabernet Sauvignon is the varietal that is most prevalent in the eastern regions of Paso Robles while Rhone varietals such as Viognier and Syrah dominate the west. In all, there are over 40 grape varietals grown in Paso Robles, and the region has become well known for its blends.

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2011 Ascension Cellars Ascendance "Melange" Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot
Starting at: $ 50.40

89 Points - The Wine Enthusiast 
Gold Medal - 2015 Artisan Awards
Silver Medal - 2015 Sommelier Challenge Wine Competition
Silver Medal – 2015 Denver International Wine Competition
Bronze Medal – 2015 Orange County Wine Competition
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Tasting Notes

Our fathomless unfiltered Bordeaux-style blend was long aged, barrel fermented and hand racked for thirty-six months in French oak barrels. It is luscious, sleek and complex with floral red currant and spice box aromas that lead to layered, concentrated flavors of black cherry, mocha, white pepper, sweet cinnamon and oak that jump from the glass. Velvety-soft, round tannins linger on the mid palate, producing a rich, elegant, dry finish. Enjoy now or be rewarded if allowed to cellar for 3 years or more.


2011 Ascendance is beautiful alone and compliments medium to sharp cheddar cheeses, roasted game hens, duck, pork, grilled steaks, prime rib, filet mignon, lamb and good friends. Fill your glass with beauty and lift your spirits.

Varietal: Proprietary Red Blend
Year: 2011
Vineyard: Cass Vineyard, Paso Robles, California USA
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot
Alcohol: 14%
pH: 3.7

Limited Production – 325 Cases

2012 Ascension Cellars Evangelist Late Harvest Viognier
Starting at: $ 32.40

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Tasting Notes

Our Ascension Cellars Viognier dessert wine is a whimsical wine that will gladden your heart with rich hints of peaches, caramelized pear, and honey combined with a delightful, hazelnut finish.

The Evangelist is the perfect finish or the start of something new. This wine pairs beautifully with cream blue and goat cheeses, light desserts with toasted pecans, Crème brûlée and sugar cookies.

Varietal: Viognier
Vineyard: Miracles Ranch, Paso Robles, California USA
Year: 2012
Alcohol: 17.5
PH: 3.65%
R.S.: 6.8%

Limited Production - 50 Cases

2012 Ascension Cellars Rapture Red Port-Style Dessert Wine
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GOLD MEDAL – 2015 Orange County Wine Competition
SILVER MEDAL - 2015 Sommelier Challenge Wine Competition
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Tasting Notes

This Ascension Cellars fathomless, deep violet, unfiltered Primitivo dessert wine boasts aromas of ripe fig, caramel, dried, dark black fruit, violets and cocoa. Rich flavors of red and blackberry fruit dominate the palate along with hints of cinnamon and clove, culminating in a scintillating finish.

Rapture, the perfect start to conversations or that last kiss goodnight, pairs delightfully with Crème brûlée, brownies, molten chocolate cake, vanilla ice cream, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.

Varietal: Primitivo Port-Style Dessert Wine
Vineyard: Frankel Vineyards, Paso Robles, California USA
Year: 2012
Blend: Primitivo
Alcohol: 19.81
PH: 3.80
R.S.: 12.07
Size: 375 ML bottle

Limited Production -  50 Cases

2013 Ascension Cellars Soul Shaker Bordeaux Blend
Starting at: $ 59.40

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast
BRONZE MEDAL - 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Gold Medal / 91 points – 2016 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition

Gold Medal – 2016 Orange County Wine Society Wine Competition

Silver Medal – 2016 Central Coast Wine Competition

Silver Medal – 2016 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
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Tasting Notes

Incredibly inky hue with layers of perfumed plum, dark berries, cedar, mocha, coffee, and graphite aromas followed by hints of spice box. The texture on the palate is ultra-concentrated and silky with blackberry flavors and a touch of pepper, cocoa and Indian spice leading to the lush, lingering and focused finish that echoes on the palate. Enjoy now or be rewarded if allowed to cellar for 5 years or more.
2013 Soul Shaker compliments medium to sharp cheddar cheeses, roasted pork, braised short ribs, grilled steaks, prime rib, filet mignon, lamb, hearty stews and the company of dear friends.

Varietal: Proprietary Red Blend
Year: 2013
Vineyard: Cass Vineyard, Paso Robles, Geneseo AVA - California USA
Blend: 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot, 27% Syrah and 20% Merlot
Alcohol: 13.9%
pH: 3.8
Residual Sugar: .19

Limited Production – 138 Cases Produced

2013 Ascension Cellars Trinity GSM Grenache, Syrah & Mourvèdre
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91 Points - Wine Enthusiast
SILVER MEDAL – 2016 Sommelier Challenge Wine Competition
"Best of Class" / Gold Medal / 95 Points – 2016 Los Angeles International Wine Competition

Gold Medal / 92 points – 2016 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition

Gold Medal – 2016 Orange County Wine Society Wine Competition

Silver Medal - 2016 Toast of the Coast Wine Competition
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Tasting Notes

Our vibrant, ruby red gemstone wine is a beautifully bodied southern Rhône-style Grenache blend. Roses, red strawberries and bing cherries encompass the classic elements and style of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, swirling with sour jamminess and spontaneous bursts of rose water, crushed blood red oranges and white pepper on the finish.  
Trinity GSM is an enjoyable companion for medium bodied cheeses but our wine is invariably invited to stay for dinner with entrees of salmon, duck, pheasant, goose, pork, turkey and pasta.

Varietal: Red Rhône Blend
Vineyard: Cass Vineyard, Paso Robles, California USA
Year: 2013
Blend: 75% Grenache, 15% Syrah, 10% Mourvèdre
Alcohol: 14.4
pH: 3.8

Limited Production – 135 Cases

 

2013 Playground Cellars Paso Robles Tempranillo
$ 27.00

Like our Howell Mountain Cab, we were at the right place at the right time. Through our connections we were able to stumble across enough for two barrels of this remarkable 100% Tempranillo that speaks to what Tempranillo is all about.

Tasting Notes

Vanilla cola swirls with cinnamon and allspice to blend into a burst of cherry and gold raspberry. The faint cedar and baking chocolate balances the fruit for a well-balanced finish of acid and tannins.

Vintage: 2013
Varietal(s): 100% Tempranillo
Appellation: Paso Robles
Alc: 14.8%


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2014 Ascension Cellars Halo Viognier
$ 39.00

"Best of Class" / GOLD MEDAL / 92 Points – 2016 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
93 Points/Gold Medal - 2016 Toast of the Coast Wine Competition
SILVER MEDAL – 2015 Denver International Wine Competition
2015 Popular Choice Award – LA WINE FEST
Silver Medal - 2015 Artisan Awards
Silver Medal - 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
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Tasting Notes

Our 2014 Ascension Cellars Halo Viognier delivers bright floral aromas of myers lemon, bee’s wax, white peach and kiwi with a palate of citrus and acidity that gives this special wine length and suspense.

Pair this wine with light to medium body cheeses, oysters, shellfish, seafood, poultry and good friends.

Varietal: Viognier
Year: 2014
Vineyard: Cass Vineyard, Paso Robles, California USA
Alcohol: 14.1
pH: 3.58

Limited Production – 300 Cases 

2015 Ascension Silver Blanc
$ 36.00

Double Gold - 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
"Best of Class" / Gold Medal – 2016 Sunset Magazine International Wine Competition

Gold Medal / 90 Points – 2016 Central Coast Wine Competition

Gold Medal – 2016 Orange County Wine Society Wine Competition
"Best of Class" / Gold Medal / 92 Points - 2016 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
Silver Medal / 89 points - 2016 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition
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Tasting Notes 

Our 2015 Silver white blend has a beautiful, luminous golden shimmer, followed by a nose of rich aromatics of pear, orange blossom, white peach, Meyers lemon, and Plumeria blossoms. The palate is laced with rich mineral flavors of juicy citrus, Asian pear, peach and crisp Gala apples; a seductive, balanced acidity gives this wine a lingering finish that pulls you back for more.
Pair this wine with light to medium body cheeses, seafood, shellfish, oven-roasted chicken, grilled vegetables and sunsets.
Composition: 36% Marsanne / 33% Roussanne / 25% Chardonnay / 6% Viognier
Vineyard: Cass Vineyard (Rhone Varietals) / Castoro Cellars (Chardonnay)
AVA: Paso Robles AVA
Alcohol: 13.9%

Limited Production 465 cases 

Ascension Cellars 2013 Testament Bordeaux Blend
$ 86.00

GOLD MEDAL - 91 Points - 2017 Winemaker Challenge Competition
SILVER MEDAL - 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
SILVER MEDAL – 2016 Central Coast Wine Competition
SILVER MEDAL – 2016 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
BRONZE MEDAL – 2016 Orange County Wine Society Wine Competition
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Tasting Notes

Our bold, fathomless, Bordeaux-inspired blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Malbec and Cab Franc is the collective soul of the vineyard. Barrel fermented and hand-racked for thirty months in French oak barrels. Testament has an inky dark hue and it’s intense nose heralds black and red currant, lavender, cola and black cherry followed by mocha-laced layered flavors of dark chocolate, cassis and baking spice in every glass.
Testament compliments medium to sharp cheddar cheeses, braised short ribs, grilled steaks, prime rib, filet mignon, beef bourguignon, lamb and hearty stews.

Varietal: Bordeaux Blend 
Year: 2013
Vineyard: Cass Vineyard, Paso Robles, California USA
Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Merlot
Alcohol: 13.8%
pH: 3.82 

Limited Production – 85 Cases

Ascension Cellars 2016 Siren Rosé
Starting at: $ 28.80

DOUBLE GOLD MEDAL - 2017 ROSÉ TODAY INTERNATIONAL WINE COMPETITION

 

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Tasting Notes

Siren, our seductive Rhone blend rosé, was cold fermented in stainless steel with limited exposure to oxygen, retaining the subtle nuances of the crisp fruit and high-tone esters. The nose bursts of strawberry, Bing cherry, orange blossom and clementine mandarin oranges with a beautiful palate of citrus and watermelon accompanied by a bright minerality, acidity and sophistication that will call you back for more. Pair this wine with fresh goat or feta cheeses to medium-bodied Spanish Manchego cheeses, shellfish, salmon, duck, pheasant, goose, pork, turkey, and pasta.

Varietals: Grenache, Syrah & Mourvedre 
Year: 2016
Vineyard: Cass Vineyard, Paso Robles Geneseo District, California USA
Alcohol: 13.9%

Limited Production – 140 Cases