Our selection is crafted by Broken Earth Winery on its 2,500-acre ranch in Paso Robles. It was originally purchased by Los Angeles developer Herman Schwartz, a wine lover and visionary who loved the area and saw it as an up and coming wine region. He was way ahead of his time.
Herman began farming organically before organic was part of our lexicon. He planted 520 acres of grapes, mostly Sauvignon Blanc, and his vineyard became one of the most sought-after producers of that grape in California.
As other grapes attained more favor, he replanted mostly Bordeaux varietals like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Because the land had been prepared correctly from the beginning, each varietal did exceedingly well when placed in the proper spot. Probably no grape on the property did as well as Merlot. And that was a surprise.
Merlot generally likes a cooler climate. But it loves hillsides, which is where it's cultivated in this vineyard. To ameliorate the heat, the leaves of the vine itself were trained to grow over the grape clusters, thus shielding the grapes from the sun's rays. A solution as simple as it was brilliant.
Speaking of brilliant, that may be the best word to describe this selection. The juicy, mouth-filling fruit seems to ooze through your teeth with loads of chewy blueberry, cherry and chocolate. The flavors never let up until the imposing finish that seems to last for days.