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Dunning Vineyards

Dunning Vineyards Robert Dunning had to be coaxed into entering his wines in one of the largest and most prestigious wine competitions in the country. The end result from the 1996 Orange County Fair competition was a Gold medal for the Merlot, and Bronzes for both the Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Since then Dunning Vineyards has established a strong following among premium wine lovers for their limited release Estate Wines. The inspiration to establish a small, family-owned winery came after 15 years of successful experimental home winemaking with local grapes. Robert had been producing great wine from Paso Robles vineyards non-commercially for years. But grapes were getting harder and harder to find and Robert was quickly outgrowing his sources. He wanted complete control from the vineyard to the bottle in an effort to produce only the finest wines. In 1991 he began planting his own vineyard with Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc in partnership with his brother John and sister Barbara. According to Robert they are not completely done. We want the “right grape for the area.” In 1999, under Robert’s management, Syrah and Zinfandel were planted on the property adjacent to the Dunning ranch and the first crop will be harvested in 2001.

Dunning Vineyards is located at 1953 Niderer Road in the rolling countryside the Adelaida Hills west of Paso Robles. By car, take Highway 46 West from Highway 101 just over three miles to Oakdale Road. Head right onto Oakdale and drive one-half mile.Turn right onto Las Tablas Willow Creek Road and drive about 1.2 miles. Bear right onto Niderer Road and continue about one mile. Turn left up the path to the winery.

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1953 Niderer Road, Paso Robles, CA, US, 93446 Email:
Phone: 805-238-4763 Web:
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  2001 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Our 2001 Cabernet is a little bigger that the 2000 with full body and a great balance between fruit and new French Oak. This wine will age up to 8-10 years. 370 cases produced.
  2001 Estate Merlot
Our 2001 Merlot is a rich, full bodied style, with deep purple color and flavors of blackberry, cherry, currant and spice with well integrated French oak on the finish. The ripe fruit is balanced with great structure, good acidity and smooth tannins.
  2002 “Select Ranches” Zinfandel
A ripe style of Zin with classic flavors of raspberry and wild berries on a frame of soft French oak. A blend of 90% Zinfandel and 10% Syrah, this wine has just a touch of pepper and spice on the finish with great structure and balance. 450 cases produced.
  2002 Estate Syrah
Our First Estate release of Syrah is very deep purple in color. Flavors of blackberry and plum along with currant, and spice. Tannins are full and rich so this wine will age very well! Aged in French oak for 12 months. The finish shows a nice touch of toasty oak. 338 cases produced.
  2002 Vin De Casa
Our classic red table wine featuring a blend of 30% Cabernet, 30%Sangiovese, 20%Syrah, 10% Zinfandel and 10% Cabernet Franc. This wine is balance with soft tannins and is produced to be a wonderful everyday wine for your Table! 224 cases produced.
  2003 Estate Chardonnay
100% Barrel Fermented-this wine is full bodied, with layers of pear,melon,nutmeg and mineral flavors with a nice touch of creamy French Oak. This wine has great natural acidity and balance and will age well for up to 5 years. 425 cases produced.
  Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Our 2002 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Cabernet Franc. 2002 was an excellent Cabernet vintage. A warmer spring was responsible for an earlier bud break and the resulting longer growing season added rich, full bodied flavors of cherry and blackberry to the Cabernet Sauvignon. The small amount of Cabernet Franc added to the final blend helps lifts the nose and brings a nice wild berry and dark currant flavor to the wine. This wine shows a great balanced between fruit, oak and tannins and will age well for 6-10 years.
  Estate Merlot
Our 2002 Estate Merlot is a blend of 80% Merlot and 20%Cabernet Sauvignon. Tightly integrated fruit and oak flavors characterize this wine, which displays a dark ruby color with a nose of black cherry and a touch of licorice with these flavors continuing into the mouth. Cabernet Sauvignon is blended into the Merlot to add additional structure and complexity to the wine. Nicely balanced between fruit and oak with soft tannins in the finish. Will age well for 4-6 years. 450 Cases.
  Estate Syrah
Our Syrah vines are grown on a modified GDC trellis allowing more sunlight into the canopy. We feel this creates full flavors of blackberry, blueberry, plum and spice, with the tannins that are mature and refined. A small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon is sometimes added to the final blend for added complexity and elegance. This wine shows a great balanced between fruit, oak and tannins and will age well for 6-10 years.
  Estate Zinfandel
Our “Select Ranches” 2003 Zinfandel is a blend of 90% Zinfandel and 10% Syrah all grown on the Westside of the Paso Robles appellation. The combination of Zinfandel grapes along with Syrah grapes from our Estate Vineyards compliments each other with Zinfandel providing the classic raspberry fruit and Syrah adding richness and concentration creating a wine that achieves great structure and balance.
  Vin De Casa
Our 2004 Estate Vin De Casa is a blend of 50% Cabernet Franc, 30% Zinfandel and 20% Syrah. This proprietary red blend is a rich, full-bodied wine, expressing the full range of flavors of the Paso Robles Appellation. The Cabernet Franc lifts the nose and brings a nice wild berry and dark currant flavor to the wine. The Zinfandel adds raspberry and spice flavors. Syrah finishes the wine with structure and tannins. This wine shows a great balanced between fruit, oak and tannins and will age well for 6-8 years. 450 Cases.


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