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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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%


Limited Production 50 cases

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 

2014 Ascension Cellars Rapture Red Port-Style Dessert Wine
$ 49.00

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Tasting Notes

This fathomless, deep violet, unfiltered Primitivo Port-style 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 Primitivo dessert wine will continue to evolve and develop profound characteristics of dark chocolate if allowed to bottle age in the cellar over the next 9 to 15 years.  
 
Winemaking Process: Early morning handpicks of the late harvest Primitivo at Frankel Vineyard was completed at the peak of brix ripeness. The fruit was then allowed to cold soak for four days prior to the start of fermentation. Cold soaking or Cold Maceration is a technique where freshly picked and de-stemmed Primitivo berries and juice where kept in a tank at low temperatures typically about 48 degrees Fahrenheit. During the cold soak, the juice and grape skins do not begin fermentation. 
 
The wine was then fermented in open top fermenters, punched down 4-5 times daily for maximum color extraction and then fortified by the addition of a neutral grape spirit known as “aguardente” in order to stop the fermentation, leaving a natural residual sugar of 11% in the wine. Our Rapture Primitivo was then aged for thirty-two months in new French oak barrels with a medium-plus toast. The wine was topped off during aging with dry Cabernet Sauvignon to replace the “angel’s share” and prevent oxidation. It was bottled unfiltered in 500ml bottles in late July 2017. 
 

Pairings:  Pairs delightfully with Crème brûlée, brownies, molten chocolate cake, over vanilla ice cream, or anything with blueberries, blackberries or raspberries.

Composition: 97% Primitivo, 3% Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard: Frankel Vineyards
AVA: Paso Robles Geneseo District 
Year: 2014
Blend: Primitivo
Alcohol: 19%
PH: 3.80
R.S.: 10
Size:  500 ML bottle

Limited Production -  75 Cases

2014 Ascension Cellars Soul Shaker Bordeaux Blend
$ 66.00

BRONZE MEDAL - 2017 Central Coast Wine Competition

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Tasting Notes

Our 2014 Soul Shaker displays a fantastic dark garnet color and offers seductive aromas of ripe currants, black cherries, pomegranate, cranberry, chocolate, exotic spices, herbs, toasted hazelnut, and hints of roasted coffee. The fruit is delivered by round, polished and dusty tannins, which explode on your palate leaving you with a mouthful of delicious juicy dark fruits. Wonderful and absolutely delicious the 2014 vintage has the potential to evolve for decades.

Varietal: Proprietary Red Blend
Year: 2014
Vineyard: Cass Vineyard
AVA: Paso Robles, Geneseo AVA - California USA
Blend:  40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Syrah, 20% Merlot & 12% Petit Verdot
Alcohol: 13.9%

 

Limited Production – 105 Cases Produced

2014 Ascension Cellars Trinity GSM Grenache, Syrah & Mourvèdre
$ 56.00

GOLD MEDAL / 91 Points - 2017 LA International Wine Competition
SILVER MEDAL - 2017 Central 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%
pH: 3.8

Limited Production – 135 Cases

 

2014 Testament Bordeaux Blend
$ 86.00

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Tasting Notes

Our 2014 Testament offers glorious aromas of fresh cut roses, blueberry, cassis, and blackberries. A silky creamy entry gives way to layers of complexity that unfold in the mid-palate with velvety tannins enrobing a center of concentrated black-fruit. Elegantly balanced, the acidity and core structure deliver an exhilarating finish with hints of dark chocolate.
Varietal: Bordeaux Blend 
Year: 2014
Vineyard: Cass Vineyard
AVA: Paso Robles Geneseo District 
Blend: 38% Merlot, 23% Cabernet Sauvignon, 14% Petit Verdot, 17% Cabernet Franc14% Petit Verdot, and 8% Malbec 
Alcohol: 13.9%

Limited Production – 215 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 

2015 Mayhem Syrah
$ 56.00

GOLD MEDAL - 90 Points - 2018 Toast of the Coast Wine Competition

SILVER MEDAL - 2018 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
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Tasting Notes

This deep-purple, inky, full-bodied Syrah was barrel fermented and hand racked for 18 months in French oak barrels, 50% new with a medium toast. The dark, rich, and deliciously intense fruit embodies the richness and full-bodied nose of violets, cured maple bacon, black raspberry jam, espresso, clove spice with hints of graphite and dark chocolate on the lengthy, elegant finish that will leave you wanting more.

Mayhem Syrah is outstanding alone or as a companion for full-bodied cheeses, salmon, swordfish, roasted hen, turkey, grilled and smoked meats.

 

Varietal: 87% Syrah, 12% Petit Verdot,  1% Roussanne

Year: 2015

Vineyard: Cass Vineyard, Geneseo District / Paso Robles AVA

Alcohol: 14.1%

Limited Production – 150 Cases

2016 Ascension Cellars Enchantress Rhone Blend
$ 39.00

BEST IN CLASS / GOLD MEDAL / 93 Points - 2017 LA International Wine Competition
GOLD MEDAL - 2017 Sunset Magazine Internation Wine Competition
GOLD MEDAL - 2017 OC Fair Wine Competition
SILVER MEDAL - 2017 Central Coast Wine Competition
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Tasting Notes

Our 2016 Enchantress white Rhône blend is seductive with vibrant aromas of tropical flowers, summer peach, pineapple, guava, and Gala apple. The palate is laced with rich flavors of tropical fruit, summer citrus, and melon coupled with a balanced crisp acidity on the finish that pulls you back for more.

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

Winemaking: Early morning handpicks of the Marsanne and Roussanne at Cass Vineyard where immediately pressed while the grapes where cold from the night before preserving the freshness and fruit intensity. The wine was then cold fermented in stainless steel with limited exposer to oxygen, retaining the subtle nuances of the crisp fruit and high-tone esters. Malolactic fermentation was inhibited in the Marsanne and Roussanne, further preserving these qualities.

 

The Grenache Blanc came from Alta Colina Vineyard, Paso Robles, California. The wine was cold fermented in stainless steel with limited exposer to oxygen, retaining the subtle nuances of the crisp fruit and high-tone esters. 

 

Varietal: White Rhone Blend

Vineyards: Cass Vineyard & Alta Colina Vineyard 

Year: 2016

Blend: 39% Marsanne, 38% Roussanne, 23% Grenache Blanc

Alcohol: 14.3%

Limited Production -  110 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

Ascension Cellars 2017 Siren Rosé
$ 30.00

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