Fall 2014 wines of the wine club


Fall 2014 Wine Club Tasting Notes

2013 Roussanne – Toasted buttery cream with accents of cinnamon and pear. This great aperitif has a balanced and lingering finish. 14.8% alc.

2010 Grenache – This Grenache makes an elegant entrance on to the palate with cranberry chocolate. Its lean acidity dries the mouth, brushing the teeth with a wash of blackberry-peppered jam. 14.6% alc.


2010 Sangiovese – Sour black cherry melds with dry tannins – continually dusty – just holding on to the teeth. Rustic and earthy, this red begs for food with its taut acidity. 14.5% alc.


2010 Zinfandel – This wine is refined yet plump, and leads to a memorable finish.  The deep ruby color hints of a nose filled with ripe blackberries, cracked white pepper, and clove.  The minute subtlety of an array of flavors and the balanced acids leave a lingering finish. 14.7%


2010 Lodestone – 60% Syrah, 22% Grenache, 18% Mourvedre- Fragrant aromas of dark fruit lifted by notes of fresh flowers and smoky minerals.  Sweet and velvety but precise, offering anise and a touch of black pepper.  Closes on a spicy note, with good finishing clarity and sappiness. 14.8 alc.


2010 Fireside Claret -50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Cabernet Franc, 5% Merlot-This wins has a nose of cherry cola, cedar and violets- likely from the Cabernet Franc. On the palate it is more bright with lively flavors of raspberry and cherry with a bit of truffle and dried coconut. 14.2% alc.


2010 Cabernet Sauvignon – Enjoy dark smoke and a plume of rich dark cocoa on the nose. Bold oak and acidic tannins with a black fruit and walnut character linger on the finish. Enjoy now or in the next 10 years. 14.5% alc.

white grapes

How do we destem our fruit?

For those of you that watched our video last harvest about sorting fruit by hand, here is a quick explanation about what happens to that fruit once it is sorted. Pictured below is our grape destemmer. Although winemaker Paul likes a little green growth in with the fruit for added tannic acid we don’t want an entire tree falling in there. Once reaching the end of the vibrating sorting table our fruit falls into the cylinder below. Paddles spin inside of the machine so quickly that the fruit is forced through the holes leaving the foliage behind. A little green is still attached to the berries, and sometimes Paul will throw a bit more in as well. After being destemmed the fruit goes down yet another vibrating table. This table is designed to allow berries smaller than your desired size to drop out of the crop (raisins and unripened green berries). And now the very best is left for winemaking. The grapes will then fall into a big bin full of dried ice where we will begin controlling its fermentation. 

Sept. 6th dinner on the patio

With the end of summer in tow we are experiencing delicate and warm breezes, crisp and clean air, and beautiful sunsets coming earlier each night. Come enjoy all of these comfort qualities of the harvest season on our patio from 5-8pm while sipping fine wine and munching on tacos catered by Los Robles Cafe. Musical ambiance will be provided live by Wind & Waves. Tickets are $10/person and $5/club member. Our most recent evening on the patio sold out early so be sure to RSVP by either calling the tasting room or emailing me at hearthstonevineyard@gmail.com

Vertical tasting event August 30th

Paso Robles wine tasting

On August 30th from 5-7pm join winemaker Paul Ayers at a vertical tasting seminar as he opens our Fireside Claret (Cab Sauv, Cab Franc blend) vintages ’04-’11. Tickets are $40 and will include a bottle of our Fireside Claret in the vintage of your choice to take home. Light appetizers of gourmet cheese will be served. Please purchase your ticket at our website before August 25th. We will sell out. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the tasting room.

sustainable estate grown zinfandel in paso robles

Hang time on the vine!

sustainable estate grown zinfandel in paso roblesPictured is a great example of zinfandel experiencing veraison, transitioning from green to purple. Zinfandel is notorious for wanting to ripen unevenly, with one side ripening first and then the other following. This is why shoot thinning is so important for a zinfandel vine. Removing excess foliage allows sun to evenly touch the grape clusters allowing for more even ripening.

Veraison can last for several months depending on the local climate. During this time the grape is developing sugar, acid, tannic, and mineral structures making this phase in development crucial.

Climate and variety plays the deciding roles in ripening a grape and the date of harvest. In hot climates grapes may be harvested as soon as 30 days after veraision if they are a soft skinned berry. Much cooler climates can take as long as 70 days after veraison to fully develop, especially if the berry itself is thick skinned.

wine event at a paso robles tasting room

Great Party!

A big thank you to everyone who came to our Midsummer dinner on Saturday,. The weather, food, and company could not have been more perfect. Stay tuned for upcoming news and events. We hope you can make it next time. wine event at a paso robles tasting room


Mid-summer dinner with a view

For those of you who joined us last weekend for our July 5th tri-tip bbq, you’ll remember it was a fabulous hit so we will be doing another event on August 2nd from 5-8pm in much the same fashion. On that note, we also sold out of tickets on the 5th, so for our mid-summer dinner be sure to RSVP ahead of time. We will be cooking up kabobs(vegetarian, chicken, or shrimp) and other sides for $10/plate, $5/club members. To enhance the ambiance, we will be joined by pianist Brett Mitchell. You can reserve your ticket by contacting the tasting room at (805)238-2544 or hearthstonevineyard@gmail.com

paso robles vineyard tours

the last weekend of June!

paso robles vineyard toursAs usual, this first summer month was a hot one. But, we still had a lot of fun. We would like to give a big thank you to everyone who came out to the tasting room and kicked off our summer vineyard series. Beginning again on July 11th we will be learning more about how a grape ripens and why that is important to wine. Contact the tasting room for details on the package. Also, Monday June 30th is the last day to place a wine order to be shipped.

Independence Day BBQ in Paso Robles

July 5th Independence BBQ!

In honor of Independence in our country Hearthstone Estate is serving up a bbq of tri-tip and other goodies to go along side an award winning wine selection, fun music, and great weather from 12-3pm. Tickets are $20 and include a meal and a flight of 6 wines.  Tickets for wine club members are $10.00 Contact the tasting room if you have questions.

paso robles vineyard tour

Fruit Set: Fun on today’s vineyard tour

Each Spring the growth cycle of our vines begin with bud break. In Paso Robles, this stage begins around March/April when tiny buds on the vine start to swell until shoots grow from the buds. This is when the first sign of green in the vineyard arrives.  After bud break the process of flowering begins with little flower clusters appearing at the end of the small shoots looking like buttons.  Soon after, the flowers begin to grow to an observable size. It is during this stage that the pollination and fertilization of the grapevine takes place with the resulting product being a grape berry. Fruit set follows flowering almost immediately when the fertilized flower develops a seed and then a berry to harbor that seed. In Paso Robles, this normally takes place in May/June. This stage is important as it decides the potential crop yield. Following fruit set, the berries are unripe, firm, and very bitter. They have little sugar and elevated acids. They begin to grow to about half  of their final size when they enter this stage of veraison. This stage signals the beginning of the ripening process which will be discussed during the next phase of our vineyard tour series.