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  • 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.
  • 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
  • Breathe in deeply the luscious floral bouquet and spices, both handed down by Petite Sirah and Syrah. The Grenache lends Bing cherry and red fruit flavors on the palate while the Viognier adds to the acidity and melds well with the supple tannins. The oak offers a subtle vanilla spice while the toast from the barrel adds caramel characteristics for you to enjoy at the end and even after the wine is gone.
  • The 2020 Broken Earth Signature Merlot embodies the charm and character of Paso Robles. This rendition of the classic Bordeaux varietal is the complete package. On the nose, this wine presents an exciting bouquet of blueberries, plum, dark cherry, and tobacco. The palate has a balanced structure with moderate acidity and a velvety tannin structure that is held together by an understated oak profile. The 2020 Merlot is a testament to our commitment to crafting wines that display elegance and varietal correctness while being approachable for novice wine drinkers yet deeply layered and engaging enough for seasoned wine enthusiasts. Whether enjoyed on its own or paired with a variety of dishes, this Merlot exemplifies the quality that Broken Earth strives for, as well as the prowess of the Paso Robles AVA Download Tasting Notes
  • Albillo Mayor is a white variety that has its origins in Galicia in north-western Spain. Interestingly, DNA studies have determined that it is one of the parent grapes of Tempranillo, one of Spain’s premier red varieties. There is also an understanding that it is the origin of the widely acclaimed Argentinian white variety, Torrontes. After some discussion, and consideration, we have opted to use Albillo Mayor as the varietal name. Some may recall the previous vintage of this wine (2019) we called Anonymity in lieu of determining the best option. The grape variety presents with relatively tough skins and, while it shows some susceptibility to mildew, thrives in the dry and warm conditions of our Paso Robles Estate Vineyard. Torrontes is typically grown at higher altitudes while Albillo Mayor enjoys the warmer climates just north of Portugal. In Paso, we need to be very mindful of sunburn on the fruit and have adjusted our vine canopy management accordingly, choosing to allow natural shading from the active canopy. The style of wine is focused on ripe, tropical fruit with a softer palate while still maintain balanced natural acidity. The wine is very dry with a lower alcohol than you would typically expect from Paso Robles.
  • This varietal is native to Italy, predominantly in Campania and Sicily as it prefers a warmer climate. It carries its own DOCG (Denominazione di Origine Controllata Garantita) rating as FianodiAvellino in Campania. This is a fascinating variety that offers some powerful aromatics both through fermenting and in the bottle. The levels of tropical fruit aromas and flavors are extraordinary and with careful canopy management, this varietal loves the climate at our vineyard. Its tropical flavors are supported by honey notes and some spice. The fruit dominates though, on both the nose and the palate. A touch of grip on the finish helps tie the fruit up nicely. Surprisingly there is a hint of oak in the background which again ensures the complexity is focused. Currently the winemaking team’s favorite white, we are excited to see how the wines develop as the vineyard reaches maturity and its full potential. This wine has the weight and presence of a great Chardonnay but has the added depth of much more fruit. Whereby giving it the ability to suit many different occasions and food pairings. This is also a wine that enjoys not so chilled conditions, allowing the fruit to emerge by not serving too cold. Check Back Soon for Downloadable Tasting Notes
  • This variety, has a fascinating history. Believed to originate from Portugal where it is still grown, it was the most widely planted grape on the small island of Madeira, known mostly for its fortified wine. In the 1970’s it was ‘adopted’ by a number of Australian producers (from a number of different regions across the country) and allowed to ripen fully to produce very appealing white table wines. Its presence in California was first with the Sierra Foothills and has gradually spread its reach. The variety’s ability to ripen early and handle warmer conditions make it an ideal competitor to many distinctive white wine styles from around the world (NZ Sauvignon Blanc for example). Our Estate Verdelho, planted in 2012 on 1103P rootstock and Clone 2 grafted consists of 4.78 acres utilising 10’ x 5’ spacings and a simple vertical shoot positioning (VSP) trellising system. The berries are relatively thick skinned, it is disease resistant and ripens early (typically the first harvested), a dream for the vineyard team. The most remarkable feature of Verdelho grapes is how bright green the juice looks. Our reductive approach and completely inert membrane press allows us to maintain that freshness through to bottle. During the ferment, its characteristic floral and lime aromas emerge, really setting the scene for the rest of harvest, there is nothing quite like the smell of fermenting juice. Interestingly, the finished wine seems quite closed on the nose with only hints of fruit but literally explodes with flavour on the palate.
  • It is considered that Vermentino found its origins in Italy, confirmed recently by DNA Typing. It is prevalent in the region of Liguria but has gained much prominence on the island of Sardinia and, more recently, Tuscany. Vermentino has started to emerge in new world producers from Australia and California. The variety’s ability to adapt to a range of climates has great appeal and it certainly has found a home in the Paso Robles region. Our Estate Vermentino Block 3F was planted in 2012 and the 5.02 acres has 10’ x 5’ spacings and utilizes a simple vertical shoot positioning (VSP) canopy. The variety enjoys the warmth of the region and typically ripens early, usually producing wines around 13 – 13.5% alcohol. The cooler ferment guarantees the retention of the more subtle aromas and flavours that are typically absent in warmer conditions in the cellar. This wine has exhibited the greatest depth and complexity so far and it’s amazing texture shows how versatile the variety can be. The wine is produced using reductive techniques, employing the only totally inert gas membrane press in the USA at the time. Oak is not used to ensure freshness is maintained and the fruit harmony is not disrupted. A great drink on its own, it also pairs wonderfully with many types of food. For those who enjoy sardines, this is a real surprise.
  • Rosé, as a wine, has certainly gained prominence in recent years with consumers. The darker, sweeter versions have given way, though, too much tighter and drier styles that reflect real elegance and style. We chose Grenache to be the basis of our Rosé which is the predominant grape used in Provence-style Rosé blends. This 2022 vintage is bright, fresh, and highly fragrant. While it is very dry on the palate you'll get a burst of strawberry and raspberry fruit. It has a great length of flavor and wonderfully balanced acidity making it the perfect drink for all your spring and summer occasions!  
  • The fruit was processed first thing in the morning through our Bucher Press at the winery. The juice was chilled to 34o F and settled for 5 days. At this time, the juice was allowed to warm to 54o F when it was inoculated with yeast. Fermentation lasted 35 days. The ferment temperature was maintained at 54o F, this temperature helps retain the more subtle aromas and flavors of the wine. Post ferment, sulfur dioxide was added to the wine. The wine was left on gross lees for an extended 54 days before racking. Storage was at 58o F in closed stainless steel tanks. French oak adjuncts were added to the tank for 3 months prior to bottling, adding lovely oak characteristics to the wine. The fermented wine was then cold stabilized and heat stabilized in preparation for bottling.
  • 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
  • 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.
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