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Lopai Cellars, Heliotrope, Willow Creek, Paso Robles, California, 2019

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Overview of the Wine
Hi. I'm Brian Lopez.
My dad Paul and I grew up here. Our family has ties to San Luis Obispo county going back to at least 1826. In fact, I graduated from Templeton High School just a few miles away, on the same street as this vineyard. We know this soil, the smell of the air, and the feel of the coastal breeze that graces our vines every afternoon.

Here on the west side of the Willow Creek District in the Paso Robles AVA, 10.5 miles from the pacific ocean, that coastal breeze rewards us with balanced acid, tannins and color that make our site and wines distinct. Not just in the region but even from our neighbors. The temperature difference every day is about 10 to 25 degrees cooler than downtown Paso Robles. And overnight, up to another 10 degrees between the top and bottom of the vineyard! We experience dramatic micro-climates, even within our 150ft elevation change.

We're committed to farming the highest quality grapes, using the least amount of water we possibly can, organically. Pulling from my background in software engineering and technology, I'm developing a system to monitor water usage on our vineyard, down to each specific block of vines. This ensures each block gets the exact amount of water needed and greatly reduces excess use of this precious resource we share with our neighbors.

Organic.

Grape / Blend
63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 34% Mourvèdre and 3% Cabernet Franc

Origin
Paso Robles, California

Winemaker's Tasting Notes

Aroma: Dominated by lavender and violets, followed by blackberry, boysenberry, spice, clove, game, baked earth, and fired amphora.

Taste: Warm palate, with leather, graphite, meat, game, violets, and black pepper. The tannins are supple, evolved, and well-integrated, contributing to an expansive and inviting mouthfeel.

93 Points - Wine Enthusiast (2021)

 

Product size: 750ml

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