Spring Sprung

Sprung - Halter Ranch Vineyard

Budbreak in Block 4

 

Spring has sprung at Halter Ranch.  A walk through the sunbathed vineyard reveals an ecosystem abuzz with new growth.  The five inches of rain we received weeks ago and the warmth of days since have given the vines and cover crop the boost they needed to blanket the vineyard in bright green.  Weather gurus predict additional rain tomorrow and we welcome it with open arms.  Check out additional observations from the vineyard below:

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Taste

 

Halter Ranch Vineyard

 

One of the most common questions we get when pouring for patrons in the tasting room is:  “So which one is your favorite?” or “What would be your pick from this list?” or any number of variations on the core theme: “What is your personal preference among these wines?”  (more…)


Talking Color Preference and 2013 Rosé

 

2013 Rosé - Halter Ranch Vineyard

Click the bottle above to view the video

 

The 2013 Rosé is now available to taste and purchase in the Halter Ranch tasting room!  In celebration staff members Lindsey Burrell and Mika McGee created the video linked above.  It’s silly.  (more…)


The Cab Collective and Rain

Collective - Halter Ranch Vineyard

 

As we’ve discussed in previous posts, Paso Robles is uniquely suited to growing and ripening Cabernet Sauvignon.  Additionally, while Cabernet is the most planted variety in the Paso Robles AVA, it is currently Paso Rhone varieties (such as Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre) that receive most of the attention in the critical scene and from  periodicals.  In response to this trend a group of Paso wineries who produce quality Cabernet Sauvignon have pooled resources to bring more attention to this noble variety.

The Cab Collective will be holding a Gala event at River Oaks Hot Springs on April 26, 2014.  Check the website here for details.  Additionally, individual wineries will be offering dinners and presentations over the course of the weekend.  Keep an eye on our events page for details about a Cabernet Blending and Barrel Symposium to be hosted by Kevin here in our wine club lounge.

Paso is uniquely suited for late ripening varieties such as Cabernet given its consistently hot and long summer in concert with proximity to the sea and the lateral arrangement of hillsides creating a nightly cooling effect from the coast.  High daily temperature with a 40 degree cooling swing overnight allows us to take Cabernet to a high degree of ripeness while maintaining acidity and tannin that give it stability in the cellar.

In other news, we received just under 6 inches of rain over the past 10 days, bringing us to 8 inches for the year overall.  While this is still far behind the average for this point in the season, we are in a distinctly more comfortable position than we were just two weeks ago.  Keep up those rain dances!  They seem to be helping ‘ )

Next week we will be presenting a fresh new video to celebrate the release of our delicious 2013 Rose.  Keep an eye on our YouTube feed, facebook page, Google+, and Twitter so you don’t miss out and if you enjoy the video, don’t forget to click those like buttons and share it with your friends.  Until next week, happy rainfall and cheers!

 

Collective - Halter Ranch Vineyard

The Pouring Rain

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