BOOKER- Since 2005 Booker Vineyard has been an Estate only winery, specializing in Syrah and Grenache based wines. For the first time, Booker will grow select brands including Fracture and Oublié with fruit from the chalky, calcareous portions of MoonSprings. Winemaker Eric Jensen truly believes that these special blocks will be on par with the Grand Cru site that is Booker Vineyard.
MFN – My Favorite Neighbor started as a Bordeaux blend homage to Jensen’s neighbor, Stephan Asseo of L’Aventure Winery. Over a 10-year period the brand became the highest scoring Bordeaux blend in Paso Robles’ history from mega-critic Robert Parker, averaging 97 points over that span. Now, with the help of his new Favorite Neighbors, O’Neal and Lynn Gray, MFN will be able to expand its reach using the stretches of clay soils within Moonsprings Vineyard™ that replicate those of Napa and Saint-Émilion. With the help of this unique site, Jensen is confident that he will create one of the world’s top wines for everyone to share with his own Favorite Neighbor!
The opportunity to work with MoonSprings Vineyard™ from the time the vines are planted is special for winemaker, Joe Barton. His brands, Grey Wolf and Barton Family Wines, reflect a sense of passion, soul, and place in each bottle. The Barton Family has been in the winemaking business in Paso Robles literally for generations.
Barton has been watching the MoonSprings site for the last 25 years, and now to be among the selected vignerons creates the ideal relationship between grower and winemaker. Barton has chosen his blocks, vines, and viticulture methods. This hand crafted special touch from the first plant to the first glass of wine is part of the legacy he is building.
Clos Solène’s wines are exclusively handled by winemaker Guillaume Fabre, who established the winery with his wife Solène in 2007. Guillaume’s success in the industry stems from his own experience and that of his family before him; for the past six generations, the Fabre family has crafted wine in Narbonne, South of France. Guillaume brought his experience to California in 2004 and has resided in Paso Robles ever since. He was the assistant winemaker for L’Aventure for ten years, all the while planning his dream of one day owning his own little “clos.” Clos Solène was born, thrives, and is flourishing.
In 2017, Guillaume and Solène purchased 28 acres in the heart of Willow Creek district, on the west side of Paso Robles, and have begun transforming the property into an enchanted winery, as if you were in France. Despite growing up in a family of winemakers, Guillaume’s wine is his own creation, made his own way. He controls every aspect of his product from vine to bottle and maintains Clos Solène’s reputation as a small, exclusive brand of predominantly Rhône and Cabernet Sauvignon based blends.
Established in 2005 by the Hawley family, Torrin produces expressive Rhone varietal-based wines. Winemaker Scott Hawley believes in letting individual vineyards shine through his wine. Instead of manipulating wines into a particular style, he prefers to work with vineyards in places that produce wines he enjoys. He rarely bottles wine with the belief that it has reached its peak, but rather appreciates its ability to change favorably over time. Torrin uses grapes from the Westside of Paso Robles, both from its own vineyard and from neighboring vineyards and, of course, from MoonSprings.
Paix Sur Terre was created in 2010 by Ryan and Nicole Pease with the goal of producing mineral-driven single vineyard Mourvèdres and small lots of Grenache, Syrah, and Mediterranean style whites. Sourcing their grapes from the west side of Paso Robles, Paix Sur Terre picks its fruit with freshness in mind. During the production process, Paix Sur Terre uses neutral barrels, lots of whole cluster, and does everything possible to make site-specific wines. Each of its wines expresses a balance of mouthwatering, savory, and mineral qualities. Paix Sur Terre crafts a truly unique wine right down to the label; each bottle features work by artist John Blythe.