Packed with character that slowly, gracefully evolves as the wine hits your glass and breathes, the 2018 Block B showcases all the attributes we know and love about this iconic wine: roasted meat, black olive, olive brine, wet earth, minerals, dark black and blue fruits, white flowers, black pepper, and resinous fresh herbs. Aromas and flavors echo each other and work in harmony, and texture is long and velvety with chalky tannins dotting the palate throughout. From start to finish, this wine exhibits seamless balance and precision and leaves a lasting impression of awe, sophistication, and infatuation.
Parentage: 100% Paderewski Vineyard
Stomping Grounds: One east-sloping, white limestone hillside
Ethnicity: 100% Syrah
Travel just west of Paso Robles, and you will find Paderewski Vineyard: 67 acres of undulating, steep, limestone rich hillsides within 570 rural, spring-fed acres. In the early 1900’s, this vineyard was cherished and farmed by world-renowned pianist, Polish diplomat, and vintner, Ignacy Jan Paderewski. Fast forward a century, and this property stood forgotten and fallow. Lucky for us, in 2004, we became the stewards of this amazing piece of property.
Planted: 2004 Acreage: 95 under vine, 570 total Soils: limestone, calcareous, rocky pH: low to mid 8 AVA: Paso Robles District: Willow Creek Red Varietals: Grenache, Mourvedre, Petite Sirah, Syrah, Tempranillo, and Zinfandel White Varietals: Grenache Blanc, Picpoul Blanc, and Viognier
Graduation: Bottled July 16, 2020 | Debut: Released Fall 2021
Rearing: Fermented in ½-ton puncheons and stainless steel tanks (28% stomped whole cluster)
Aged 19 months in French oak barrels and puncheons (82% new)