Recently we began our journey to the centrally located, beautiful town of Paso Robles, California. On our first visit ever we were recommended by the Marriott hotel to visit the Calcareous vineyard in the heart of Paso Robles.
After two very disappointing tastings, one at a renowned vineyard and another one at a very small vineyard, we decided to follow our local recommendations. Driving through the windy, picturesque roads of the countryside was peaceful and comforting and we finally made it to our destination.
The views are amazing and the tasting room has huge windows opening to its vineyard overlooking the Paso countryside. Outdoor tables are available for drinking and picnicking for all visitors.
After going through the tasting menu we immediately decided to become club members. Some of our favorite picks are:
- 2012 Tres Violets – GSM (an acronym you will soon get very familiar with in Paso which means Grenache Syrah Mourvèdre) this one with Syrah leading in percentage.
- 2013 Grenache and 2013 Grenache Blanc
- York Mountain 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon
- Twisted Paso – Main squeeze & Matriarch Red Blend (found locally at total wine but a great find if you can’t get to Paso)
We are waiting to try the Moose and the Lloyd but we are confident this vineyard won’t let us down. The Pinot Noir’s are tasty as well. Obviously we lean toward our reds but the whites are impressive as well.
We’ve been back already 3 times in the last year and never miss this stop on our trips.
Great staff, great story, great vineyard!