Peachy Canyon Winery
Paso Robles classic Peachy Canyon Winery’s latest vintage is already beginning to rack up accolades in the new year. While they’re largely known for their premium Zinfandel—Wine Enthusiast described Peachy Canyon as having “balanced Zins galore” in their January 2016 issue—they also make an assortment of fine Bordeaux-style wines and even a few adventurous Rhone-inspired offerings.
A prime example of their new Zin portfolio is the 2013 Clevenger Zinfandel, a vineyard designate wine from the Clevenger Vineyard located in the southern foothills of the Santa Lucia Mountains, in the Willow Creek District of Paso Robles. This head-trained vineyard is over 40 years old, and was started with clippings from the prestigious Ueberroth/Willpete Vineyard.
Like all of Peachy Canyon’s vineyard designate wines, the Clevenger Zin is an expression of a small segment of unique Paso Robles terroir. It recently received a 92-point rating from Wine Enthusiast, whose wine reviewer Matt Kettmann wrote: “A vintage leader in this Zin house’s series of site studies, this shows rose petals, violets, black tobacco, crushed anise and black sage on the delicately complex nose. Presenting great tension between the tannins and acidity, the palate offers candied blackberries and red cherries, cut by spearmint and green tea.”
Peachy Canyon’s Zinfandels aren’t its only wines receiving attention. The winery’s Malbec (cheekily called “Ms Behave”) and it’s upper-echelon Bordeaux blend, “Para Siempre” were both just awarded Gold by the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest competition of American wines in the world, beating out a pool of 7,000+ competitors from 28 states.
To taste these award-winning wines, visit Peachy Canyon Winery’s historic schoolhouse-turned-tasting room on the southern side of Paso Robles’ Highway 46 West. You’ll be able to recognize their tasting room from the road thanks to their giant white chair sitting out front. Stop by, take a seat in the big chair, and try some of the most consistently wonderful wines in Paso Robles. Picnics, dogs, and bikes are always welcome.