Hand Crafted, Limited Production, Bordeaux Wines

Alma Sol is a family-owned and operated, micro-boutique winery, sourcing premium fruit from unique, quality vineyard sites in California, with a special interest and focus on the beautiful Paso Robles appellation. From the very beginning, our mission has been to craft exceptional Bordeaux wines, both single varietals and special blends. We hand-pick the grapes in small lots, respect the fruit, guide its natural potential, and simply focus on hands-on, artisanal winemaking. Alma Sol Winery tasting room is in Thousand Oaks, CA. 

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2014 harvest, a winemakers thoughts …

2014 marks our sixth harvest, and yet 2009, our inaugural harvest, seems like just yesterday, when we were learning how to get things off the ground. In many ways, though, 2014 reminded Lisa and me of that first year in 2009. It was hot, very hot, straight through the year. Like 2009, we were rushing to get fruit off the vines. Unlike 2009, drought had struck California and the vines were ready to hand over the fruit far earlier than we had ever seen in the history of the family vineyard.  In a typical year, I would be writing this message from Paso Robles and would be just starting to harvest Eastside Bordeaux vineyards.  As it stands, all of our fruit was in before the third week of September and as of Oct 3, all of our wines were pressed and in barrel.  Although drought is not a positive thing, the quality of the fruit was spectacular. The clusters were smaller, the grapes were smaller, but across the board the concentration and colors were there and the flavors were terrific. 

Speaking of fruit, this year marked the return of our using Still Waters Vineyard, located in Creston – a small city within the Paso Robles AVA. Still Waters supplied us with the Cabernet Sauvignon that made up our inaugural Encantada Cabernet Sauvignon blend.  We also purchased some of their Merlot fruit. Based on what we have seen and tasted thus far, it will be remarkable and a great blender into our Bordeaux program. It has been a long time coming but 2014 marked our first time working with Cabernet Franc. We were lucky enough to get amazing fruit from Brady vineyard, located on the East side of Paso Robles. The Brady vineyard has a distinct and intense concentration of flavors. We are very excited to see what we can build with this fruit and are hopeful that we can deliver a sumptuous Cabernet Franc that leaves you wanting more. As always, we harvested several tons of Cabernet Sauvignon from the Cuevas Estate Vineyard. The fruit this year was full of ripe blueberry and plum jam. Flavors were just exploding, so we expect a very fruit forward, intense Estate Cabernet.

All in all, we are thrilled about the quality of the 2014 vintage thus far. Although it will still be a few years before this wine sees the light of day we wanted to share with you what you can expect. Hopefully you are as excited as we are! 

2013 Update

Harvest is now long past us and we are starting to think about bottling our 2011 wines. This weekend we are getting our wonderful, new 2011 Chardonnay ready for sale by putting the final touches on the bottles - the labels. We are also running through all of our 2011 barrels in order to select the blends for the 2011 bottlings. After a long morning of tasting through the barrels and blending samples together, we are very pleased to annouce that we will be offering three different Bordeaux bottlings in 2011 - a Cuevas Vineyard Cabernet, a Reserve Paso Robles Cabernet (100% Halter Ranch fruit), and a Paso Robles Merlot. If all goes as planned, these wines should be bottled by May and will then see some extended bottle time in order to let them settle down so that when you are ready to buy them they are ready to drink. Stay tuned for updates on these wines as well as our 2012 vintage updates.  Salud!

Napa Cabernet Bottling

The date has been set! We will be bottling our 2009 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon this Wednesday.  The mobile bottler will be coming in and working with us to get the one single barrel of Cabernet into the approximately 276 bottles.  We are very happy with flavors and structure of the Cabernet. This vintage should really be a crowd pleaser. To make this even more special, we have put together some really nice packaging for this vintage. Besides for great wine, we have ordered a larger, more robust bottle, special corks that are longer and include the vintage and AVA designate, and a modified label that has embossing and a spot varnish. You may also catch that we have increased the size of our Alma Sol logo on the front label. So, keep you eye out for more information on the actual bottling and the release information.

October 30, 2011

It's official, we can finally say that the 2012 Alma Sol harvest has begun. Oddly enough, we can also say that it is about to end seeing as the weather is turning quickly and winter will be here by the end of the week.  We will be sharing more about the harvest with you in the coming days but we wanted to give you a quick update. Please check out our Facebook, YouTube, Google+, Picassa, and official website for videos, photos, updates, and more.

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