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.
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.
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.
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.
Varietal(s): 100% Tempranillo
Appellation: Paso Robles
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.
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
Size: 500 ML bottle
Our 2015 Lumière du Soleil petillant-natural sparkling wine is seductive with vibrant aromas of Meyer lemon, green apples, Clover honey, and baked bread. The palate is light with a fine, creamy mousse filled with flavors of lemon peel, creme brulee and honey on the fresh and fizzy finish.
- Due to the winemaking process this wine has some residual yeast in the bottle. It will not be perfectly clear. Chill for at least 1 hour upright to allow the yeast to settle to the bottom.
SILVER MEDAL - 2019 LA Int'l Wine Competition
SILVER MEDAL - 2019 Sunset Int'l Wine Competition
SILVER MEDAL - 88 Points - 2018 Orange County Wine Competition
Our fathomless Bordeaux-style blend was long aged, barrel fermented and hand racked for thirty months in 40% 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 2 years or more.
2015 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.
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
Vineyard: Cass Vineyard, Geneseo District / Paso Robles AVA
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
Blend: 39% Marsanne, 38% Roussanne, 23% Grenache Blanc
GOLD MEDAL - 90 Points - 2019 Toast of the Coast Wine Competition
BRONZE MEDAL - 2019 Sunset Int'l Wine Competition
BRONZE MEDAL - 2019 OC Fair Wine Competition
Our Revelator Cabernet Franc, is a bright, savory, medium-bodied wine brimming with deep aromas of pepper, plum, blackberry, blueberry, cherry, lilac and violets, culminating into a mouthwatering finish that lingers.
This wine compliments medium to sharp cheddar cheeses, roasted meats and vegetables, braised short ribs, grilled steaks, prime rib, filet mignon, lamb, hearty stews and the company of dear friends.
Early morning handpicks of the Cabernet Franc where in late September of 2016, the fruit was de-stemmed and fermented in small tanks, with regular pump overs to aid extraction. In order to let the varietal fruit shine through, the wine was aged in French oak barrels with a light-medium toast for over 28-months.
Bottled in January 2019.
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.