Seeing Pink – Paso and Provence

 

Pink - Halter Ranch Vineyard

The Last Tasting

 

Last Friday the Halter Ranch Winery team sat down to taste a series of pink wines (also known as Rosé) from Provence against our own 2013 HRV Rosé.  The goal was to see how our Rosé stood up to the old world cousins who are credited with stylistic influence in its creation and color.  What we found may shock you.   (more…)


The Collective

Sunset

 

As we have been alluding to on the blog over the past few months, the Paso Robles Cab Collective will be holding a series of events focused on Cabernet Sauvignon this coming weekend (April 24, 25, and 26).  You may recall a previous post featuring our 2011 Cabernet and a discussion as to why Paso Robles is uniquely suited to producing Cabernet Sauvignons of distinction.

2011 Cabernet Sauvignon is in a particularly delicious phase at the moment so we’ve decided to included some tasting notes and pairing recommendations here. (more…)


Distinctive

 

Poppys and Winery

Poppys and Winery

 

Given proximity to the Cabs of Distinction Weekend I’ve decided to devote this week’s post to the concept of distinction.  Specifically what might make a wine distinct, or not so distinct–perhaps even indistinct or homogeneous.  First, some definitions:

distinct

: different in a way that you can see, hear, smell, feel, etc. : noticeably different

: easy to see, hear, smell, feel, etc.

: strong and definite

homogeneous

: of the same or a similar kind or nature

: of uniform structure or composition throughout  (more…)

Happening Season

Old Speedsters and Winery

New looking old cars and new looking new winery

 

Event season is upon us!  Over the course of the next two months multitudinous opportunities to taste, and eat, and all around wine will be presenting themselves.  What follows is an update on various events (Incoming!) and a few details as we break ground on an exciting new project here at the ranch. (more…)


Our Latest Wildlife Photos

The increasing diversity of wildlife caught by cameras strategically placed throughout Halter Ranch Vineyard is absolutely stunning.  Our latest captures are posted below:

 

wildlife - halter ranch vineyard

A Waldo

 

A down on its luck Waldo is captured on film filching a drink from one of the natural springs on the Halter Ranch property.  Has it no shame?!?

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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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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


Weather News

Weather - Halter Ranch Vineyard

The Weather Station

 

After much consideration and planning, a shiny new weather station has been installed along the Halter Ranch airstrip by Joe Thorp of Signature Ranch Technologies.  Given distinction between weather here on the ranch and weather nine miles east of us in Paso Robles proper, we’ve been relying on readings from Tablas Creek’s weather station up to this point.  For each mile you move away from the town of Paso Robles toward the coast you may add approximately an inch of rainfall and about half a degree of decreased temperature.  As a result we tend to average 25-30 inches of rainfall, and about 5 degrees fahrenheit less on average over the course of a year than Paso Robles proper and vineyards east of highway 101. (more…)


Prepruning and Sustainability

 

Sustainability - Halter Ranch Vineyard

Cesar in Block 28

 

Each year, in late December or early January we embark on the process of pruning the entire vineyard to prepare for the vines’ awakening in Spring.  The first step in this process is to pre prune the long canes from last year’s growth down close to the primary vine (cordon) so that our vineyard crews can go about more delicate pruning without having to deal with 3-4 feet of stiff, whipcord vine above their heads.  In the past the process of pre pruning took 2 full walking passes and 2 full tractor passes through the entire vineyard to complete.  (more…)

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