2017 Block B is the liquid definition of “iron fist, velvet glove,” i.e. power and elegance in harmony. The hue, aromas, and entry of this wine are bold, yet its palate is a sublime balance of earth, minerals, meats, flowers, and fruit.
Parentage: 100% Paderewski Vineyard
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 June 13th, 2019 | Debut: Released Fall 2020
Rearing: Fermented in oak puncheon and stainless steel tanks (27% stomped whole cluster)
Aged 19 months in French oak mid-sized barrels and puncheons (71% new)