Regarded as an icon of Paso Robles winemaking, Booker Vineyard has been an estate-only winery since 2005, specializing in Syrah and Grenache-based wines. For the first time, Booker will now source fruit from the chalky calcareous blocks of MoonSprings Vineyard®. Owner-winemaker Eric Jensen believes that these special blocks will be on par with the Grand Cru-level site that is Booker Vineyard, enabling him to explore new opportunities for select Booker wines.
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.
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.
The word patria is Latin for one’s country. As the great California grizzly travels under a golden star on its iconic label, the flavors of Patria wines travel large across your palette. Co-owner of Hourglass and Patria wineries (with Kimberly Jones) and 2020 Napa winemaker of the Year (Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media), winemaker Tony Biagi is a sixth generation Californian. Over the past two+ decades, in addition to Hourglass and Patria, Tony has lent his expertise to such standouts as, Neal Family Vineyards Duckhorn, PlumpJack, CADE, and Paraduxx in Napa and Alma Rosa in Santa Barbara County. Lynn, O’Neal, and everyone at MoonSprings Vineyard® are proud Tony has selected our grapes to go into the wines produced by his award-winning Patria Winery.
Created by owner-winemaker Eric Jensen of Booker Vineyard, My Favorite Neighbor is a wine that was first made as an homage to Eric’s neighbor and mentor, Stephan Asseo of L’Aventure Winery. Over a 10-year period, My Favorite Neighbor became the highest-scoring Bordeaux blend in Paso Robles history from critic Robert Parker, averaging 97 points over that span. Now, with the help of his other favorite neighbors—O’Neal and Lynn Gray of MoonSprings Vineyard—Eric is able to expand the wine’s reach and create one of the world’s top wines for everyone to share with their own favorite neighbors! “Lynn and O’Neal came into town quiet and unassuming, letting their actions and their vineyard do the talking,” Eric says. “Not only have they been incredible neighbors, but their work with local charities has been amazing and impactful.”