2012 Version WhitePaso Robles California
Adelaida's seven family-owned vineyards lie in the craggy hillside terrain of west Paso Robles, 14 miles from the Pacific coast. Ranging from 1500-1900 feet in elevation, these low-yielding vines seem to flourish in chalky limestone soils and afternoon blasts of cool marine air with a diurnal temperature swing of 40-45 degrees.
The 2012 vintage presented many challenges to Central Coast winemakers. An extreme heat wave hit the Paso Robles region in August, which elevated the "brix" sugar levels and concurrently lowered the natural fruit acids. Pirpoul blanc, a little-known Southern Rhone varietal planted in the Anna's Estate Vineyard, was added to the Grenache Blanc (33%), Viognier (25%) and Roussanne (17%) to add the necessary vibrancy. Each varietal was handled separately with a combination of stainless steel and barrel fermentations, while the wines rested on their lees for 10 months. The result is a medium-bodied, pure and elegant wine that delivers aromas of ruby red grapefruit, tropical fruit and pineapple followed by flavors of honeydew melon, Asian pear and a squeeze of lemon juice. 90 points Wine Enthusiast and Robert Parker Jr. who describes Adelaida Cellars as "A winery that flies under the radar" and "consistently produces classy, balanced and fruit filled wines that show the best of the region. They're always well-made and highly drinkable." 14.8% ABV MON.