The Paoloni Estate
- Paoloni is a family owned boutique production winery that sits on some of the best land on the northern side of the valley.
- Paolo lives at his vineyard site where he takes great pride in farming close to the earth, organic is just a starting point.
- All wines are made from his estate vineyards, which were planted in succession by Paolo Paoloni himself beginning in 1998. His vineyard sites are more sloped and rolling than most, as well as at a higher elevation than the majority of the valley. His higher elevation sites contain more granite in the soil which results in a higher minerality and less of the saline presence that some of the lower elevation vineyard sites in Valle de Guadalupe occasionally contain.
- Paolo's technique mirrors an old school Italian approach to wine making, which results in a wine with fresh minerality and complex wonderfully nuanced floral aromas.
Total production: 9 wines, 10,000 cases
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot - Paoloni
Tasting Notes and Drinking Window:
As with most of the 2018 reds from the best growers in this vintage, this is a wine that really shins in this vintage. A touch more powerful but with the acid to balance, it has a glorious expression of deep rich red fruits, a soft velvety mouthfeel and a persistent impressive finish.
2,000 cases made
Drinking window: Upon release - 8 years
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot
Valle de Guadalupe - Estate vineyards located approximately 10 miles from the Pacific on the northwest valley wall at an elevation of 1,000 ft. 20+ year old vines that are direct rooted which makes them less vigorous and their fruit more concentrated. Soil is decomposed granite and red clay.
Fermented in stainless steel tanks over a period of 3 weeks then racked into 2,500 liter neutral French oak foudres and aged for 18 months.
Sulfites: 35 ppm