Rotta sits on some of the finest grape growing soils in the famed Willow Creek District of the West side of Paso Robles. On the tail end of the Santa Lucia Mountain Range our vineyards hang off the steep hillsides comprised of old bedrock with largely Calcareous soils.
Amongst the stratified layers of calcarious rock are occasional patches of younger marine sedimentary rocks of the Miocene age Monterey Formation.
These soils are laden with old marine fossils and the occasional chunk of the famed Paso “whale bone”.
Being one of the furthest West appellations nestled in the heart of the Templeton Gap, our micro climate is heavily influenced by our proximity to the Pacific Ocean and the hills and valleys that surround us. The result is warm sunny days and cool nights with temperatures falling 30 degrees in the late afternoon. This diurnal fluctuation is cornerstone to maintaining the acidity levels in our grapes while slowly achieving perfect ripeness. This microclimate married with the complex rock soils laced with marine fossils produce exceptional wines with an absolute sense of place. Something the French refer to as “terrior”. 20 acres Planted on the West Side Estate Vineyard at an elevation of 1200 ft:
- Zinfandel, Old vine, Head trained
- Cabernet Sauvignon, old vine Head Trained
- Cabernet Franc, head trained
- Cabernet Sauvignon, new planting trellised, cane pruned
- Malbec, new planting, trellised, cane pruned
- Tempranillo, new planting, trellised, cane pruned
On the Eastside of Paso Robles is our 92 acre Buena Vista Vineyard. Rows running east to west on the Estrella Bench, reside in alluvial, sandy loam soil laced with crushed calcareous rock and river stone. Excellent drainage and light soils stress the vines to produce grapes of intense flavor and character. Again, the warm days and cool nights have a dramatic impact on acid levels. This diurnal temperature fluctuation, “The Paso effect”, produces the juicy ripeness that is indicative of amazing Bordeaux varietals.
- Petit Verdot, trellised, bilateral cordon
- Cabernet Sauvignon, trellised, bilateral cordon
- Merlot, trellised, bilateral
- Petit Sirah, trellised, bilateral cordon
- Sauvignon Blanc, trellised, bilateral cordon
2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Color: Deep rich dark red bordering on purple
On the Nose: A bouquet for days… Bright Red berry fruit with hints of cassis and crème brulee
On the palate: The entry is bright and dense. A massive wine that needs to open up so give it time in the glass or Decant. Big Black & Red berry fruit, black currant, cassis, tabacco, liquorice and hints of Mocha wrapped in a massive velvet structure. Seductive in its texture as layers of vanilla laced fruit cascade into a sexy oak finish. Long on the palate this wine goes on for days.
2016 Cabernet Franc
Color: Deep Ruby Red
On the Nose: Bright berry fruit and peppercorn laced with violets and hints of cream
On the palate: Big berry fruit is immediate with hints of green peppercorn that turns to dark chocolate with layers of cherry, raspberry with toasty oak woven through-out. Lush and intense yet ethereal in its scope. It seems to operate at a higher vibration and will take you through a portal to another dimension.
2016 Time Capsule
Color: Deep garnet Red
On the nose: Bright, Ethereal nose with red berry fruit with hints of cassis and aromas so dense they have a velvet texture
On the palate: Our Flagship and our ode to the classic Bordelaise blend. A gorgeously rounded mouth feel greets you. The seduction begins with loads of red berry fruit, boysenberry, black currant and hints of mocha wrapped in a massive velvet structure. Elegantly caressing in its texture as layers of vanilla laced black currant and rich red fruit cascade into a sexy oak finish.
Color: Intensely deep red reaching with vibrant edges
On the Nose: Wild and Brambly red raspberry & blackberry fruit laced with hints of cherry compote and laced with spice and creamy vanilla oak.
On the palate: Lush Red & Blackberry fruit dances with hints of blueberry laced with spice and dancing with lively acid. The mid builds to a sizable structure however it always maintains its grace and elegance. Fruit and spice maintain al the way through and trails into a spicy oak finish.