Wild Horse Winery, named for the wild mustangs that used to roam the hills above the vineyard, has been an icon since 1983 as California’s Central Coast luxury winery. California’s Central Coast is the largest American Viticultural (science, production, and study of grapes) Area with home to 360 wineries. Since Day 1, practicing sustainability has been a part of the process – weeding is done by their Barbados sheep and Floyd the llama, recycling winery wastewater for irrigation; planting covering crops to attract beneficial insects, control erosion, and increase nitrogen in the soil; mixing grape pomace (solid remains of grapes after pressing) with manure to produce high-quality compost; and providing homes for owls who patrol the vineyards for rodents and other pests.
2013 Viognier started with grapes from the Central Coast near Paso Robles. The 2013 growing season was 70% drier than average, yet temperatures and overall conditions were favorable. It produced a slightly higher than average crop with fruit from Wild Horse Estate, Nevarez, and Fralich. From bin to press, free-run juice was separated from the press fraction to maintain pH balance and avoid bitterness from the tannins. Fermented in tanks and transferred to neutral French oak barrels at 17° Brix to complete fermentation. The wine aged sur lie in neutral French oak for six months prior to blending and bottling. Tasting notes: Lychee, citrus, and stone fruit aromatics experienced; Peach flavor experienced on the front of the palate and lemon on the back end; Food pairing: Chicken and light pasta dishes. Rating: 3.6 out of 5 stars!
2012 Pinot Noir started with grapes from grapes from Santa Maria Valley to Edna Valley to Monterey County. With a variety of climate and soil conditions, a “spice rack” of aromas and flavors are produced. Grapes were hand-harvested and fermented separately in a mix of small open- and closed-top fermenters. The lots were inoculated with yeast after a three-day cold soak to develop color and flavors. During fermentation, open-tops were punched down twice a day and closed-tops were pumped over with the same frequency. The wine aged for eight months in 100% French oak with 25% cooperage including François Frères, Dargaud et Jaegle, Remond, Sirugue, Demptos, and Treuil. Tasting notes: Cranberry and pomegranate aromatics experienced; Cherry flavor experienced; Medium-bodied and balanced; Food pairing: Chicken cacciatore, Bolognese and linguini, Grilled steak, and barbequed meats. Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars!
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Wild Horse Winery & Vineyard
1437 Wild Horse Winery Court
Templeton, CA 93465