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Our Wines

The wines of Broken Earth are made to accurately portray varietal defenition, purity of fruit and balance.  The palate must appear “seamless” and where more complex wines are intended, they must allow the layers of complexity to continually emerge as you familiarize yourself with the wine.

  • This variety originates from the south west of France in the region of Madiran, part of historical Basque territory. Typically it is blended with Cabernet Franc in the wines labeled Madiran. More recently it has become the preferred red grape for the country of Uruguay and has gained international acclaim. Our Estate vineyards added Tannat as a variety in 2012. Block 1N consists of 5 acres of vines planted on 10’ x 5’ spacings utilizing simple vertical shoot positioning (VSP) for canopy management. It is a prolific growing variety and we strive to keep yields below 4 tons/acre to ensure depth and concentration of flavours. As a variety, it exhibits very deep colour with bright, black berry fruits and considerable tannin. The real trick is to manage those tannins to provide a seamless flow through the palate. The 2019vintage provided the right conditions to meet our expectations. The resulting wine was harvested quite ripe at 26 Brix and the ferment was conducted at a cool 60F. This ensures the more delicate aromas and flavours persist. It only spent 6 months in second use French oak barriques to add supporting texture rather than dominate the wine. Download Tasting Notes
  • This wine is a native variety of Spain where it forms the backbone of the famous Rioja region in the north of the country. It is also grown in Portugal where it is known as Tinta Roriz and is utilised as one of the predominant varieties used in the production of Port. It’s name is a derivative of early in Spanish and it reflects its early ripening capabilities. Broken Earth had some of the very early plantings of this variety in Paso and, although it was a tiny block, it encouraged us to plant much more in 2016. Block 5J is 15.09 acres of Clone 770 planted on 10’ x 5’ spacings and utilising simple vertical shoot position (VSP) for canopy management. It is an active growing variety, as mentioned has the benefit of ripening earlier and provides a plush, ‘fleshy’ palate but with ample tannins to balance the fruit. The wine is quite aromatic and warrants a more obvious oak regime which utilises mostly new and some used barrels, with a mixture of French and Hybrid (French oak heads and American oak staves). Harvested at 24.5 Brix, and following a cool ferment, it spent 15 months in oak. The result is a wine that immediately captures your attention. Download Tasting Notes
  • Fruit was handpicked and delivered to the winery where it was crushed and inoculated that same day with Clos yeast. Pump overs were done twice a day throughout the ferment. Alcoholic fermentation finished and the tank was pressed off skins.  Malolactic fermentation began and the wine was transferred to 50% French oak barrels and 50% Hybrid oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation continued until January 2021. The wine stayed in barrel until June 2021 and then filtration was performed and the wine was bottled. The decision was made to bottle the wine early after sensory evaluation. The wine had come together so well and retained all of the primary fruit characters associated with the variety that further aging was deemed not necessary. Download Tasting Notes
  • Our Malbec grapes were delivered on October 23, 2019. We received about 30 tons of Malbec from our estate vineyard. The fruit was crushed, de-stemmed, and sent to tank. The Brix upon arrival was 23 degrees, the pH was 4.23. We added tartaric acid to the must due to the very high pH. BDX yeast was used to inoculate the must. Two pump overs were done daily turning over the fruit and helping with the ferment. The Malbec finished alcoholic fermentation on October 25, 2019, and was pressed off the skins. Malolactic fermentation ended on November 26, 2019.  Barrels were individually selected for bottling (50% new French Oak and 50% older hybrid barrels). A full-bodied wine with bright plum and rich blackberry flavors.
  • The Paso Robles AVA has emerged as the premier Rhone varietal region in the USA. The dry, warm conditions lend themselves to producing Rhone style wines of extraordinary depth and character and Grenache is certainly no exception. Broken Earth Winery has enjoyed considerable success with our Estate Grown (and California Certified Sustainable) Grenache and we are proud to offer our latest vintage, the 2019. Harvested on 9/20/19 at 23.4 Brix it promised to be a wine that delivers outstanding flavour without an elevated alcohol level. At 13.79% it offers enough weight to the complex fruit without the presence of too much warmth on the palate. The wine went to oak in March 2020 and remained there for almost 20 months. The barrels (barriques) were predominantly 3rd and 4th use, allowing for some gentle development without overpowering oak present. On the palate it appears softer but the ripe tannins lend a lift to the extended flavours on the back end. This is a wine that can be equally enjoyed on its own or at the dinner table. Download Tasting Notes
  • The base wine for this beautiful sparkling Rose was Grenache picked at 19brix to retain acidity and brightness. The fruit was harvested by hand in half-ton boxes and delivered to the winery very cold. The fruit was then dumped immediately into the press and allowed to soak for 2 hours. After pressing the juice, it was inoculated with W15 yeast and kept at 50 degrees for its entire fermentation. Upon completion of primary fermentation the juice was transferred to a pressurized tank and a second fermentation was started. This is called the Charmat Method. After completion of the Charmat method the wine was filtered and bottled. A celebration in a glass, this Sotto Voce Sparkling wine is a wonderful aperitif. It will pair well with shell fish and cream sauces as well as fruit and cheese
  • White Wine Trio includes one bottle each of the following: 22 Limited Release Fiano, 22 Signature Rose, 22 Limited Release Vermentino. *This wine pack comes with a "Member for a Day" Gift Card for 4 complimentary tastings and 25% off wine orders in the tasting room the day of your visit!
    • 2022 Limited Release Fiano: This wine has the weight and presence of a great Chardonnay but has the added depth of much more fruit
    • 2022 Signature Rose: bright, fresh, and highly fragrant. While it is very dry on the palate you’ll get a burst of strawberry and raspberry fruit
    • 2022 Limited Release Vermentino: Hints of orange peel, elderflower and green melons lead into an equally enticing palate.
  • Red Wine Trio Includes one bottle each of the following: 2019 Malbec, 2019 Tempranillo, 2019 Grenache. *This wine pack comes with a "Member for a Day" Gift Card for 4 complimentary tastings and 25% off wine orders in the tasting room the day of your visit!
    • 2019 Limited Release Malbec: Medium-bodied wine with bright plum and rich blackberry flavors. It is a fruity and smooth wine and a crowd pleaser!
    • 2019 Limited Relese Tempranillo: Brighter red fruits abound with great length of flavour and a balanced firm finish.
    • 2019 Limited Release Grenache: Ripe red fruit drives this wine. Look for strawberry, raspberry and mulberry which lead into a mouth-filling experience.
  • Mix Wine Trio Includes one bottle each of the following: 2019 Limited Release Malbec, 2019 Signature Series Cabernet Sauvignon, 2022 Fiano. *This wine pack comes with a "Member for a Day" Gift Card for 4 complimentary tastings and 25% off wine orders in the tasting room the day of your visit!
    • 2019 Signature Cabernet Sauvignon: Aromas of Maraschino cherries and a tannic mouthfeel with notes of chocolate, cherries, leather, and tobacco.
    • 2019 Limited Release Malbec: Medium-bodied wine with bright plum and rich blackberry flavors. It is a fruity and smooth wine and a crowd pleaser!
    • 2022 Limited Release Fiano: This wine has the weight and presence of a great Chardonnay but has the added depth of much more fruit
  • Featuring our two highly rated reserve Cabernet wines, this pack includes one bottle each of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. Both with amazing structure and balance, Cabernet wine enthusiasts will be delighted by this selection. *This wine pack comes with a "Member for a Day" Gift Card for 4 complimentary tastings and 25% off wine orders in the tasting room the day of your visit!
    • 2019 Reserve Cabernet Franc: It is a very robust style that retains elegance and finesse. It is quite firm on the palate but the masses of spicy fruit and balancing oak compliment the grip nicely. The color is deep and intense reflecting the wine’s brooding nature. Bright natural acidity will ensure this wine ages for many years.
    • 2019 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon: Vibrant and richly colored in violets and deeper dark undertones, this wine doesn’t just hint at being bold, it shouts it from the glass. The smell is somewhat restrained, but that is how our winemaker prefers it. Each sip lends a new scent and flavor to be savored. Black current gives way to clove and spices with the tiniest tinge of lavender lacing the glass and pricking the nose.
  • Petite Sirah usually ripens early and is the first red to the party. In 2020 we picked this grape on October 1st, 2020. Forty tons were machine harvested in the dead of night to keep the grapes cold for transportation to the winery. Upon arrival the grapes were destemmed and gently crushed to open the berries for fermentation. Clos yeast was added immediately after the grapes were safely in the tank. Two pump-overs a day were completed until fermentation was done. This 2020 Reserve Broken Earth Petite Sirah was originally planted in 1996 to a parcel that was 40 acres in size. The small yield gives this wine a complex and intense structure. Originally called Duriff in the Rhone growing region in France, Petite Sirah made its way to California as a blending grape. Over time it became obvious that with California’s climate Petite Sirah could fully ripen. It is now one of the darlings of the state, especially of Paso Robles. Download the Tasting Notes
  • When a red wine drinker describes a wine that they would like to consume often, they often describe Merlot. Soft and generous in flavor, Merlot is a significant Bordeaux variety grown in Paso Robles for many years. Merlot likes the sun and the heat. The 2020 Broken Earth Reserve Merlot displays all the characteristics that make Merlot so charming. Expressive dark fruits with silky tannins fill the mouth. Bright acidity goes down clean on the finish. This Merlot was machine-harvested on September 10th in the middle of the night. Early the same day it arrived at the winery and was de-stemmed, crushed, and inoculated with BDX yeast. Twopump-overs a day were done until fermentation was completed. After pressing malolactic fermentation was started. The wine then was barreled into new French and Hybrid barrels and aged for 24 months. The wine was filtered and bottled on February 16, 2023. We produced 215 cases. Merlot is one of the 5 Bordeaux varietals that are famous in France and beyond. Broken Earth’s Reserve Merlot is layered with rich anise, cherry, and spice flavors. It pairs well with grilled chicken and pork loin. Ready to drink at the initial bottling this Merlot still has the structure to age with grace.

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