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Adelaida Cellars

Adelaida Cellars Adelaida's wines begin at the roots, pushing through the rocky limestone soils on the west side of Paso Robles on California's Central Coast. The winery, which originated in 1981, is located 15 miles east of the Pacific Ocean at an elevation of 1,700 feet in the Santa Lucia mountain chain. The winery is a vineyard driven operation that considers itself a foremost proponent of the potential of west side Paso Robles. Adelaida's wild and rugged mountainside vineyards are loaded with limestone and calcareous shale. According to winemaker Terry Culton, "these characteristics cause the vines to strengthen. This results in added stress on the vines, which lowers the yields but produces more intensely flavored fruit." In keeping with the winery's sustainable philosophy, the vineyards are not tilled, encouraging native grasses, wild sage and rosemary to flourish between the rows. Adelaida produces from its own Estate vineyards and a select group of contracted vineyards, on the west side of Paso Robles. Amongst its holdings are the two principal estate properties, Viking Vineyard and HMR Vineyard. The mighty Viking Vineyard was planted in 1992 and is now producing great Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. The historic HMR Vineyard was pioneered by Dr. Stanley Hoffman in the early 60's. Devoted care and substantial investment have returned these 40 year old vineyards to their former glory.

Directions
From the North: Take Highway 101 South and exit at 24th Street in Paso Robles. Turn right onto 24th Street and follow it through town. You will continue on 24th Street until it turns into Nacimiento Lake Drive. Adelaida Road will be on your left 1 mile west of town opposite Jardine Ranch Nut House. Turn left onto Adelaida Road. Follow Adelaida Road for 5.3 miles as you climb through the hills. Adelaida Cellars will be on your left side as you reach the top of the hills. From the South: Take Highway 101 North and exit at 24th Street in Paso Robles, (also the exit for Highway 46 East). Turn left onto 24th Street and follow it through town. You will continue on 24th Street until it turns into Nacimiento Lake Drive. Adelaida Road will be on your left 1 mile west of town opposite Jardine Ranch Nut House. Turn left onto Adelaida Road. Follow Adelaida Road for 5.3 miles as you climb through the hills. Adelaida Cellars will be on your left side as you reach the top of the hills. From the East: Take Highway 46 heading west from Fresno and Bakersfield areas. As Highway 46 reaches Paso Robles it will turn into 24th Street. Continue straight on 24th Street through town. You will continue on 24th Street until it turns into Nacimiento Lake Drive. Adelaida Road will be on your left 1 mile west of town opposite Jardine Ranch Nut House. Turn left onto Adelaida Road. Follow Adelaida Road for 5.3 miles as you climb through the hills. Adelaida Cellars will be on your left side as you reach the top of the hills. From the West: From Morro Bay - Take Highway 41 West out of Morro Bay to Atascadero. At Atascadero take Highway 101 North. Follow the directions above "from the south". From Cambria - Take Highway 46 West out of Cambria to Highway 101 North. Follow the directions above "from the south".


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5805 Adelaida Road, Paso Robles, CA, US, 93446 Email: wines@adelaida.com
Phone: 800-676-1232 Web: www.adelaida.com
Fax: 805-239-4671
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  Cabernet Sauvignon Estate RESERVE
This Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is the union of our two acclaimed estate vineyards, the Viking Estate and HMR Estate Vineyards. Both are grown on calcareous limestone soils; however, they produce entirely different wines. The extreme 30 degree slope, sheltered location, and warmer climate of the Viking Vineyard contribute to a full bodied, robust wine. The old vines, higher elevation and coastal marine breezes join forces to shape the HMR Estate Cabernet Sauvignon with classic and traditional varietal flavors. The blend of these two vineyards (60% Viking and 40% HMR) produces an incredibly rich cabernet sauvignon, yet allows for more subtle nuanced flavors to show through. This 2002 vintage is our first release of this Estate Reserve blend.
  Cabernet Sauvignon Viking Estate RESERVE
This is the perfect site for the production of ultra-premium cabernet sauvignon. The thin calcareous rich soils that overlay the limestone-clay bedrock ensure vine stress and incredible flavor concentration in the resulting wine. The classic warm days and south facing topography of the vineyard maximizes ripeness and flavor intensity, while the cooling influence of the nearby Pacific Ocean (diurnal variations of as much as 50°) enable the grapes to retain their natural acidity. The 1700 ft. elevation enhances phenolic development, giving intense color and tannin structure. This 2002 Viking Cabernet Sauvignon speaks of powerful mountain fruit. Its palate-gripping flavors of bright red cherries with underlying hints of tobacco leaf are classic varietal characteristics enhanced by this extreme site.
  Chardonnay Chamisal Vineyards
The Edna Valley achieved recognition as a distinctive appellation with the planting of its first vineyard, "Chamisal," (Spanish for chestnut flower) in 1972. This cool, coastal site offers an ideal mineral rich terroir to Burgundian grape varieties. This legendary vineyard was replanted in the mid 90s to an array of chardonnay clones that fully express authentic varietal character and the extraordinary growing conditions. Emphasis on modern genetic chardonnay clones, mineral rich soils and a cool coastal Pacific site contribute to a maximum expression of grape purity. The Central Coast pedigree of this wine wears its persona on its sleeve - tropical aromatics and hints of bread leavening aromas lead to a bright and lively palate of grapefruit and apricot flavors.
  Chardonnay HMR Estate 2002
The historic HMR Vineyard is located in the hills west of Paso Robles at an elevation of 1,700 feet. Five acres of chardonnay were planted in the late 1960s to validate the special Burgundian-like growing conditions. Just 17 miles from the Pacific Ocean, its unique microclimate benefits from cooling marine breezes. The rare fractured calcareous soils give the wine a complex element of terroir-focused flavors. With a distinct bouquet of flint and crushed stones, the quartz-like purity of the HMR Vineyard displays a persistent vibrancy. This is a complex, yet balanced wine, with elements of lemon zest and oak char nuancing the stony character.
  Chenin Blanc "Pavanne" 2002
Sourced from the "Old Bailey Vineyard", this tiny 2 acre section lies on a steep hillside at 1700 ft elevation, contiguous to our own HMR Estate on the west side of Paso Robles. Popular with the local deer community, there has not been a usable crop available since 1998. Now fenced, the gnarled 30 year old vines are dry farmed and produce low yields of small sized, concentrated grapes. Named Pavanne for a stately court dance performed in ceremonial costume in 16th century Europe, this 2002 Chenin Blanc is the last vintage from this extraordinary vineyard. An exotic melon and acacia blossom bouquet leads to a mouthfilling, weighty palate. Flint and mineral accents weave a streak into the rich lemon tart flavors while the brisk clean and persistent finish harkens to its French Loire pedigree. Definitely not your mother's Chenin Blanc.
  Pinot Noir HMR Estate 2002
The historic HMR Vineyard is located in the hills west of Paso Robles at an elevation of 1,700 feet. Planted in 1963, it is the oldest pinot vineyard throughout the entire South Central Coast of California, encompassing San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. Just 17 miles from the Pacific Ocean, its unique microclimate benefits from cooling marine breezes. The Burgundian-like, fractured calcareous soils give the wine a complex element of terroir-focused flavors.
  Pinot Noir HMR Estate RESERVE
The historic HMR Vineyard is located in the hills west of Paso Robles at an elevation of 1,700 feet. Planted in 1963, it is the oldest pinot vineyard throughout the entire South Central Coast of California, encompassing San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties. Just 17 miles from the Pacific Ocean, its unique microclimate benefits from cooling marine breezes. The Burgundian-like, fractured calcareous soils give the wine a complex element of terroir-focused flavors. HMR wines have received much acclaim for over three decades. The "Maestro," Ardre Tchelistcheff loved the wines from HMR, particularly the Pinot Noir. Since 1994, Adelaida Cellars has owned this prized vineyard, one that truly has earned its place in the annals of California wines. This vintage is the realization of a quality potential inherent in our pedigree estate vineyard. A few clockwise swirls reveal a riot of succulent cherry purity. The silken mouthfeel complements the perfumed berry compote, which on second and third sips, takes on the complex and buoyant aromatics of sweet pipe tobacco and rubbed English leather.
  Rhone Red 2002
Mourvedre 50%, Syrah 22% Counoise 28%, Grenache 11%. The second release of this southern Rhone style wine inspired by the great Chateauneuf-du Papes. We are most excited about the potential of this wine. It is the combination of both Don Rose’s vineyard practices and Terry Culton’s winemaking philosophy that allow this wine to truly express the vineyard and reflect the environment.
  Rhone White 2002
The Roussanne and Grenache Blance varietals that make up this blend were sourced from the Glenrose Vineyard, which lies at 1,700 feet elevation, contiguous to the Reserve Cabernet block of our Viking Estate Vineyard. Precipitous and steep, its terraced rocky out-croppings and ledges are hewn from a massive limestone-ingrained pyramid. Capturing the fragrant essence of an apple orchard, this crisp wine tastes of a pure mountain spring with elements of honeydew melon. A surprising rich and weighty palate impression comes from sheer ripeness balanced by lively natural acidity.
  Schoolhouse Chardonnay 2002
100% Chardonnay sourced from Adelaida's HMR Estate Vineyard (30%) and Edna Valley's Chamisal Vineyard (70%). This rich blend shows a fleshy, plump texture with a flavor range from grapefruit and butterscotch to toasted grain and coconut. Counter intuitive to a second tier "good value" wine, it was aged in new French and European oak barrels for almost a year, which has added a more expansive mouthfeel. Hints of pineapple, wood smoke and hazelnuts compete in a lengthy finish.
  Schoolhouse Recess Red 2001
Blended wines are part mystery, part chemistry, inevitably a real "witches brew" of diverse flavors. This hearty, robust wine has transformed its 8 grape varieties into a tangy, ripe berry Chianti style. The blend is heavily weighted with mountain grown Sangiovese and Barbera, and lesser amounts of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Petit Verdot, and other Rhone varietals. Its soft, cedary entry and supple red berry flavors lead to a well delineated sweet and sour finish, accentuated by lively natural acidity.
  Schoolhouse Rhone Red 2001
A celebration of 4 grape varieties (33% Grenache, 29% Mourvedre, 20% Syrah, and 18% Counoise), this Chateauneuf-du-Pape style blend shows the marriage of earth and sun in its black plum, espresso and wild game flavors. Revealing a true food compatability with a couple of clockwise swirls, it shows a perfect pitch of dark berry fruit and natural grape acidity. It is a warming winter wine, well matched with long simmered comfort foods.
  Schoolhouse Syrah 2001
As with all of our Schoolhouse wines, the vineyards in the blend are from the same sources (all west side fruit) that are used in our primary Adelaida label. Redolent of black plum jam, melted licorice and vanilla bean, its evolving personality of plush fruits, English saddle leather and sweet oak flavors are balanced by zesty natural acidity.
  SLO Cab 2001,
This 100% Cabernet Sauvignon blend is sourced from our HMR Estate Vineyard, as well as four other diverse hillside vineyards. This curranty blend validates the area's reputation for ripe, well proportioned red wines.
  SLO Cab 2002
Predominantly (92%) Cabernet Sauvignon from a selection of premium San Luis Obispo County vineyards, including our own historic HMR Estate Vineyards. The diversity of vineyard sites from cool, coastal sites to warm inland sites gives the SLO Cab great balance with vibrant acidity and varietal character.
  SLO Chard 2003
One hundred percent Chardonnay sourced from the cool climate, ultra-premium Chamisal Vineyard in the Edna Valley, and from our own historical HMR Estate Vineyard. Both of these vineyards produce stunning, terroir-driven wines. This wine is filled with aromas of citrus lemon and orange, complemented by honeydew melon, light tropical fruits, and hints of toasted oak. The palate is dry and crisp with strong flavors of citrus and a light mineral component.
  SLO Pinot 2002
Sourced entirely from our historic HMR Estate vineyard, our goal with the SLO Pinot is to capture pure varietal personality at an affordable price point. This fruit-forward Pinot Noir pairs with a range of foods from pepperoni pizza, smoked salmon, thinly sliced carpaccio of beef to a hot pot of beef Bourguignon. Its quaffability and crisp natural acidity demonstrate a chameleon-like versatility.
  SLO Zin 2002
One hundred percent zinfandel sourced from several premium Paso Robles vineyards. These vineyards are predominantly head-pruned and dry farmed and include three old vine zinfandel vineyards aged between 40 and 90 years. A big, full bodied spicy wine with structured tannins and acidity.
  Syrah
Suave texture, black cherry and tobacco flavors, balanced natural acidity, and great tannin structure are the wine signatures of this mountainous westside Paso Robles syrah. A blend of three vineyards, including our prestigious Viking Vinyeard, this wine reflects a pedigree of limestone soils, coastal microclimates and good genes.
  Syrah 2002
Suave texture, black cherry and tobacco flavors, balanced natural acidity, and great tannin structure are the wine signatures of this mountainous westside Paso Robles syrah. A blend of three vineyards, including our prestigious Viking Vinyeard, this wine reflects a pedigree of limestone soils, coastal microclimates and good genes.
  Syrah Viking Estate RESERVE
The Viking Estate Vineyard was planted in 1992 on a steep, south facing clay and calcareous hillside west of Paso Robles at an elevation of 1,700 feet. When working on a 30 to 40 degree slope, farming practices are tailored to the demands of the site. This steep, exposed calcareous hillside sees classic warm days and cool nights, producing fully ripe fruit that retains natural grape acidity. The terroir of the vineyard is very much responsible for the low yields and intensely flavored small berries that are the hallmark of Viking Vineyard Syrah. From a mere one and a half acre site on a rugged limestone outcropping, the Viking Syrah Vineyard represents the pinnacle of our terroir focused Reserve program. This is an opaque, intense, multi-faceted wine. "The color is phenomenal . . . syrah is a different crayon in the Crayola box", says winemaker Terry Culton. On the nose, the wine has profoundly complexing aromatics, with hints of game and rich dark fruit. This intense wine shows some elemental characteristics of classic northern Rhone syrah. The notes of wild game are classic syrah attributes, while the trace of chaparral is a hallmark characteristic distinctive to our extreme, isolated, mountain vineyard.
  Viking Port of Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
The Viking Estate Vineyard was planted in 1991 on a steep, south-facing clay and calcareous hillside west of Paso Robles at an elevation of 1,700 feet. The vineyard contains 12 acres of cabernet sauvignon. Spacing is 8 feet by 4 feet, with a density of 1,361 vines per acre. Because yields are low, the Viking Vineyard harvest is considered in pounds per vine rather than tons per acre. In 2001, a section of the vineyard became overripe, and while standing around drinking one day, we wondered what would happen if we took the already powerful Viking Cab and pumped it up a little. Bam! Good night Gracie.
  Vin Gris de Pinot Noir
Following the French tradition of "saignée," a small portion of the historic HMR Estate Pinot juice was drawn off for this rosé, thus improving the ratio of skins to juice for the regular Adelaida Pinot Noir. Extremely popular on the Mediterranean coast, crisply styled Rosé wines complement lighter summer fare and offer an alternative to more substantial serious wines. Tasting of fresh strawberries, its buoyant uplifting fruitiness is tempered by balancing natural acidity and the mouthfulling texture of crème fraiche. The pale copper color is the result of light skin contact and the ripe pinot noir essence comes from the purity of free run juice. Take this delicious wine from your deck to your dining room table!
  Zinfandel 2001
This Zinfandel is sourced from three west side vineyards, all are dry-land farmed, head pruned mature plantings on nutrient-rich clay and calcareous hillsides at 1400 to 1700 ft elevations. Old Bailey was planted in the 1960's, Martinelli in the 1920's and Ueberroth in the 1890's. This is our finest effort since 1995, some six vintages previously. With the vines' ages come deep roots, small berries, ridiculously low yields and concentrated fruit flavors. When harvested at optimum ripeness, the grapes become a vivacious, peppery, wild bramble-berry fruited wine. A big, bold, spicy, traditional Zin lovers' Zinfandel. Worthy of deep zin contemplation!
  Zinfandel RESERVE
A quintessential reserve blend. Incredibly ripe fruit from the best two zinfandel vineyards we know. Of 114 barrels, only the best 15 were selected for this blend. A wine designed to age, the tight, structured tannins will open up with bottle age, creating a sumptuous zinfandel. An incredibly full, rich nose of blackberry and fresh cracked black pepper followed by a huge blackberry and black cherry palate with hints of clove, cedar and integrated oak. An intense zinfandel worthy of the Prodigal Son.
  Zinfandel RESERVE 2001
This wine is sourced from two old-vine, west side Zinfandel vineyards. Planted in the 1970s, Beckwith Vineyard lies in a very cool swale that makes for late ripening and the associated intense flavor. The soils are nutrient-rich clay and calcareous shale on hillsides ranging from 1,400 to 1,700 feet in elevation. Red Head Ranch was originally known as the Klintworth Vineyard. Planted in 1895, Red Head is one of the two original vineyards of Paso Robles. This vineyard produces a dry-farmed field blend with low yields and intensely flavored berries. The result of the two vineyard blend is an extraordinary example of permanent mouth-coating red wine, and represents a selection of the best 10 barrels from 121 available. This highly aromatic wine with deep, long lasting flavors captures maximum old-vine character.

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