This 281-acre west side vineyard showcases 13 grape varities and only represents 18% of the land owned by Halter Ranch. Planting on such a small portion of the property’s acreage preserves a diverse environment, mitigating the effects of monoculture. The rest of the estate is left to natural landscape, mainly oak woodland and wildlife corridors. In 2011, Halter Ranch completed a new production facility utilizing a multi-level gravity flow system. Gravity flow allows the winemaker to handle the fruit in the gentlest way possible, by preventing the pumping of stems and seeds. The winery’s 22,000 square feet of caves are integral to its energy efficiency and sustainability. Cool mass provided by the limestone in the hillside, along with concrete in the walls of the cave, stabilizes the temperature at 56° while maintaining ideal humidity for wine storage.
Varietal - 62% Grenache, 17% Mourvèdre, 11% Syrah, 10% Tannat
Appellation - Paso Robles, Adelaida District AVA
Alcohol - 14.9%
Vinification and Elevage - Destemmed and cofermented in closed top fermentors, open pump-overs twice daily for 10 days. Aged 16 months in a mix of neutral French oak barrels, concrete tanks, and 600L neutral puncheons.
Tasting Notes - CDP (Côtes de Paso) is a Rhône-style blend that is a combination of four varietals from the estate vineyard. Grenache provides a bright fruit-forward entry, Mourvèdre adds spice notes, while Syrah brings weight to the mid-palate, and Tannat ties everything together with color, tannin, and acidity.