Bianchi Winery Zen Ranch Zinfandel
Paso Robles, California, USA
Past vintages: 2009 |
Grape Blend: Zinfandel
Vines on the Marycrest
Located on 26 acres of steep hills in the westside of Paso Robles, Vines on the Marycrest was established in 2004 as the dream of owner and winemaker, Victor Abascal. This small production, family-owned, boutique winery & vineyard makes award-winning Rhone blends and Zinfandel. Victor and his wife Jennifer are passionate about Paso Robles wines. With its dry hot days, cool nights and limestone soils, Paso Robles lends itself particularly well to growing premium Zinfandel and the Rhône grape varieties. They believe their wines should be an artfully creative accompaniment to a delicious meal shared with friends.
The concept of Chronic Cellars came about in the midst of harvest in 2004. We had used the term “The Chronic” to describe likable objects before, but we had never considered it a suitable descriptor for wine. We sat alongside the crush pad one evening in our wine stained clothes and wet boots laughing about the idea of a wine that targeted a casual lifestyle. Jake and I were raised in the heart of Paso Robles wine country. Wine and the art of wine making have been apart of our lives since the early 80's. After graduating from college we both returned to Paso Robles and joined the team at Peachy Canyon Winery. After a decade each of immersing ourselves in all aspects of the wine industry we decided to do our own project. We wanted to try something new and put the tools we have gathered to work on our dream. We had a vision and a desire to make our statement in the wine industry that we could not deny. After four years we took our first step toward Chronic Cellars.
JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery
In addition to our home estate vineyard planted in 1981, JUSTIN has expanded its vineyard acreage by working with a handful of select growers in the Paso Robles appellation. Long standing partnerships with our team of quality growers have yielded World Class results. The Paso Robles appellation encompasses more than 600,000 acres and is the largest stand alone AVA in California. Numerous distinctions exist within the overall appellation and to highlight those differences, eleven “sub-appellations” were proposed in 2007. Each of the vineyards and growers that we work with are unique, together we are the foundation for JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery. Learn more about these vineyards and the people behind them by clicking on the map or following the links below.
Candor wines aim to fill a gaping hole in the wine marketplace: really good, varietally true, affordable California reds made from Merlot and Zinfandel. There are plenty of soft, quaffable, easy-drinking wines from these varieties out there for ten bucks or so, and some stunning, exceptional bottles for $40 or $50. In between, in all Candor, the pickings can be slim. With all the vineyard acreage and winemaking knowledge in California, mid-priced wines don’t have to be forgettable. The raw materials and talent are there to grow and bottle serious varietal wines, full of ripe, rich fruit, wines with a come-hither nose and a real, live finish. Complete wines that don’t max out your credit card. What you need to pull this off is knowing your vineyard sources and keeping a steady hand on the winemaking. The Hope family—the people behind the wines of Liberty School and Treana—have built up over decades a stellar set of relationships with family-owned vineyards up and down the state. They know a good site from a weak one, a careful farmer from a careless one, and how to work with growers to get the best out of a piece of land. Having all those separate lots available—and, where it helps the wine, using multiple vintages as well—gives a good winemaker plenty to work with. Candor’s winemaker is a good one indeed: Austin Hope, who also makes the highly –regarded, highly-rated wines for Treana and his own Austin Hope label. Austin’s track record with ultra-premium wines shows up in every value-priced glass of Candor. Over-delivery: that’s the idea.
In the span of two dozen years, Niels and Bimmer have gone from making a few barrels of wine for family and friends in a rented corner of someone else's winery to developing a custom-crush operation and a 60,000-case operation for Castoro Cellars. Most recently, the Udsens purchased two local vineyards, one aptly named “Hog Heaven” after the wild hogs that inhabit the area. The second vineyard, "Blind Faith," got its name when the opportunity to buy the vineyard arose. Niels’ wife Berit, or "Bimmer," was in Denmark at the time. Niels called her and together they acted quickly on “blind faith".
At Kiamie Wine Cellars our goal is singular: we blend distinctive westside Paso Robles vineyards into wines of expression and uncompromising quality.