Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards is located in historic Templeton in the Paso Robles wine region. The winery was named for the wild mustangs that roamed the hills near the estate. These maverick horses, descended from the first Spanish horses brought to California have that free noble spirit which you can also find in the great wines of Wild Horse Winery.
Kenneth Volk founded the Wild Horse Winery in 1981 in an area known for its low vigor soils, proven ground water table and rural atmosphere. The winery focuses on the great selection of fruit available in California’s Central Coast, sourcing their grapes from multiple vineyards, and then carefully blending this fruit into a wine representing this spirited location.
The central coast of California harbors unique expressions of French grape varieties. The land soaks in the California sunshine all day and is cooled by the crisp Pacific Coast breezes at night. This wide range of daily temperatures results in a crop that ripens over a longer growing season, allowing the grapes to reach their full potential.
Recently Wild Horse Vineyards released two new Central Coast wines, the 2014 Viognier and the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon.
The 2014 Central Coast Viognier is a blend of grapes from three sites known for growing great Viognier in the Central Coast, the Wild Horse Estate and Wild Rose Vineyard in Paso Robles and the Boekenoogen Vineyard in Carmel Valley. Winemaker Chrissy Wittmann says, “The climate was unusually warmer and drier than past years, leading to surprisingly favorable growing conditions”. A bit of Grenache Blanc is added to enhance the acidity and elegant minerality of the wine. It is ages in neutral French oak barrels for 5 months prior to blending. The result is a wonderful wine full of the aromas and flavors or citrus, lemon zest, lychee and stone fruit with a nice crisp minerality that continues on to a long finish. The price of this wine is $17.
The 2013 Central Coast Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of grapes from three different growing regions in the Central Coast, Monterey, Paso Robles and Santa Barbara County. It is a blend of 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 5% Syrah, 4% Petit Verdot, 3% Malbec and 3% Merlot. It is aged in a variety of oak barrels for 14 months. Winemaker Wittmann states, “The daily temperature shifts within the Monterey and Paso Robles regions allow for the grapes to ripen slowly, assuring for a well -developed crop with full flavor and acidity. The Santa Barbara region was a little cooler than the others, bringing in more tannin and acidity to round out the wine.” The result is a fine wine with an abundance of dark fruit flavors, currant, black cherry and a touch of vanilla, cola and nutmeg. The nice balanced tannins and texture makes this a wine of choice for your next steak. The price is $20.
These wines definitely show the advantage of blended wines allowing the winemaker to structure the wine to pull out the flavors, aromas, and structure you expect from a wine that goes well with food.
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