9339 Adelaida Rd.
Paso Robles CA 93446
100 ac – 300,000 bt
Bottle Prize – awarded to wineries whose wines represent benchmarks in quality.
Robert Haas, who passed away this March at the age of ninety, left behind what is, perhaps, the greatest contribution of Rhône varietals to be cultivated in the New World. Haas partnered with the Perrin family, of Château de Beaucastel fame, and, in 1989, founded a property in the Adelaida District of Paso Robles. Their nursery sold over one million cuttings between 1996 and 2004. Robert’s son, Jason Haas, having taken over as the estate’s general manager, continues his father’s vision of producing biodynamic, estate-grown wines made with a finesse and intimacy seldom found outside of the Rhône.
More than 200 sheep, along with alpaca, donkeys, and llamas, roam the 120-acre property. Owl boxes and beehives are scattered throughout the property, among vegetable gardens, olive orchards, and two hundred fruit trees, all of which “eliminate as many elements of monoculture as possible,” says Jason. The limestone rich vineyards, full of porous, calcareous clay, are dedicated to southern Rhône grapes.
The two main estate blends are the Côtes de Tablas, modeled on a Southern Rhone blend, and the Esprit de Tablas, made from the top 20% of their fruit. The Côtes de Tablas 2016, always Grenache heavy, is full of morello cherries and crushed violets, while the Viognier-led Côtes de Tablas Blanc 2017 is floral and crisp. Our favorite was the Mourvèdre-dominated Esprit de Tablas 2016 (Great Wine). A very aromatic and fruity nose makes way to a dark, earthy mid-palate, with minerality and pepper to boot.
FERTILIZERS compost, manure
PLANT PROTECTION biodynamic preparations
WEED CONTROL mechanical, mowing
YEASTS spontaneous fermentation
GRAPES purchase 40%
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