My only opportunity in the past to taste Hearthstone Estate Wines from Paso Robles was during a very brief visit at the LA Epicurean Fest 2012. But their line up had made an impression, so I was thrilled to receive their newest releases for review. They are open for public tastings in their hillside tasting room and patio Thursday through Monday so you can get your sip too after making a $10 reservation:
2012 Pinot Noir
90 Eve pts.
Aroma – Crushed strawberries, red cherry, something floral, whiffs of vanilla and coconut extract, a tickle of white pepper and a hint of cloves.
Flavor – Juicy red fruit, some of that white pepper carried through to the palate, tart cherries, lingering dry finish.
2010 Fireside Claret
50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot
89 Eve pts.
Aroma – Dark dried cherries, pomegranate, sliced mushrooms, clove, rich soft suede, vanilla bean, light toasted oak and a muddy garden path. All very pleasant and worth a revisit with each sip.
Flavor – A little tight upon first taste, maybe decant first or swirl a bit as I did. Then you can get flavors of plum, black cherry, blackberry, tobacco leaves and a nice not-too-dry dust on the finish.
52% Syrah, 43% Grenache, and 5% Mourvedre
90 Eve pts.
Aroma – Blackberry jam, dried black currants, burst of plums, a bit of cigar, oak, black olive, leather, black pepper, toast…all encircled by the memory of silky rose petals.
Flavor – Black fruit jam on toast, very dark chocolate, chewy, figs, walnut and a slight burn on the finish that I found wholly gratifying.
From Hearthstone Estate
Owner and horticulturist Hoy Buell sustainably grows classic European clones on his 40 acre, Paso Robles, hillside estate. Together with vintner Paul Ayers, they craft deep, elegant blends and single varieties, revealing the essence of these higher elevation limestone slopes.
Hearthstone Estate is dedicated to producing handcrafted and expressive wines from our vineyard located in the renowned Adelaida AVA of Paso Robles. Geographically, this region is recognized as possessing similar terroir characteristics to that of the Rhone Valley.
Hearthstone Estate was established in 1999 when Hoy Buell, a Cal Poly graduate, combined his planting and growing expertise with his love for fine wines. The first vintage from Hearthstone débuted in 2003.
Eve Bushman has been reading, writing, taking coursework and tasting wine for over 20 years. She has obtained a Level Two Intermediate Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, has been the subject of a 60-minute Wine Immersion video, authored “Wine Etiquette for Everyone” and recently served as a guest judge for the L.A. International Wine Competition. You can email Eve@EveWine101.com to ask a question about wine or spirits that may be answered in a future column. You can also seek her marketing advice via Eve@EveBushmanConsulting.com