Anyone know of any really good small producer wines from Paso Robles? Any vineyards that are dry-farmed, organically or biodynamically farmed and fermented using natural/native yeasts would be great! Thanks
**Linne Calado, sustainable farming practices
**L'Aventure, organically grown.
**Terry Hoage Vineyards -- sustainable
**Booker Vineyard -- organic, sustainable and biodynamic, not certified
*Tablas Creek is certified organic. Good tour.
*Halter Ranch is certified sustainable.
Ancient Peaks/Margarita Vineyard uses organic farming practices.
AmByth is certified biodynamic.
FWIW, in terms of good flavor, I much prefer organically- and sustainably-grown wine grapes, rather than organically made wine.
What kind of alcohol levels are we talking about here?
Earlier this year, a visiting Rhône winemaker who uses only indigenous yeasts (and who sometimes turns out wines approaching and even exceeding 16%) speculated that commercially produced superyeasts had escaped into the wild and transferred some of their alcohol tolerance to the indigenous yeasts. Guess there could also be a perverse kind of natural selection going on. In any case, in southern France at least, any number of non-interventionist winemakers are producing 15+% wines using native yeasts.
Vista del Rey meets your specifications, I believe. Dave King even told me he moves the rattlesnakes he finds in the vineyards without harming them. Additionally, I have found these wines excellent with food, as they are not big fruit bombs. I enjoyed the visit and the wines.