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Have you checked out Eve’s Wine 101?

January 30th, 2015

In the last few weeks we have had the privilege of getting in touch with Eve Bushman, a famed wine reviewer in the world of online blogging as well as columnist for The SCV Beacon (see link for our article). She has been blessing the wine world with graceful education for those asking questions about wine for the first time (see EveWine101). We’ve all been there and I hope the next generation finds Eve to help them through. This week she sampled 3 of our new Releases and made her tasting notes available to us to view. I have to agree with her that our wine quality is up there and the flavors and aromas she picked out in the wines were fun to hunt for. And so, here are her notes on the 2012 Pinot Noir, 2010 Lodestone, and 2010 Fireside Claret.

2012 Pinot Noir

Paso Robles

14.5% alcohol

90 Eve pts.

Aroma – Crushed strawberries, red cherry, something floral, whiffs of vanilla and coconut extract, a tickle of white pepper and a hint of cloves.

Flavor – Juicy red fruit, some of that white pepper carried through to the palate, tart cherries, lingering dry finish.

2010 Fireside Claret

Paso Robles

50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 45% Cabernet Franc and 5% Merlot

14.2% alcohol

89 Eve pts.

Aroma – Dark dried cherries, pomegranate, sliced mushrooms, clove, rich soft suede, vanilla bean, light toasted oak and a muddy garden path. All very pleasant and worth a revisit with each sip.

Flavor – A little tight upon first taste, maybe decant first or swirl a bit as I did. Then you can get flavors of plum, black cherry, blackberry, tobacco leaves and a nice not-too-dry dust on the finish.

2010 Lodestone

Paso Robles

52% Syrah, 43% Grenache, and 5% Mourvedre

14.7% alcohol

90 Eve pts.

Aroma – Blackberry jam, dried black currants, burst of plums, a bit of cigar, oak, black olive, leather, black pepper, toast…all encircled by the memory of silky rose petals.

Flavor – Black fruit jam on toast, very dark chocolate, chewy, figs, walnut and a slight burn on the finish that I found wholly gratifying.

July 13th Vertical tasting on the patio

June 12th, 2014

 

Join winemaker Paul Ayers from 2-4pm on July 13th for a vertical tasting of our Fireside Claret. This seminar style wine tasting will feature vintages 2004-2011 and light appetizers will be served. To purchase your ticket visit our website and be sure to RSVP no later then Thursday, July 10th. Tickets are $40/person  or $30/club member and will include a bottle of Fireside Claret to take home in the vintage of your choice.

“pick-up” party Spring 2014

March 27th, 2014

I wanted to be sure to remind everyone who would like to attend our wine club “pick-up” party to RSVP. The event takes place over the course of 2 nights from 5-8pm (Friday April 4th & Saturday April 5th) so let us know which night will work best for you. This event is going to be so much fun. For the first time at Hearthstone your evening will be accompanied by bongo drums! You heard right! For dinner, enjoy some delicious lamb burgers paired with side dishes of Mediterranean influence. Be sure to call us at the tasting room (805) 238-2544.

The wine to be featured are:

2011 Pinot Noir   2009 Profundo

2010 Syrah   2010 Pioneer  2010 Bruno Di Paso

2012 Roussanne    2009 Lodestone  2009 Fireside Claret

2 new GOLD MEDALS!!!

June 17th, 2013

 

hearthstone estate gold medal winnersHearthstone Estate is proud to announce that out of 4,500 wines entered, our 2009 Fireside Claret won 94 points(that’s a gold medal) in the Central Coast Wine Competition. We also recently entered the San Francisco International Wine Competition and had some success. Our 2012 Roussanne won a double gold as the best Rhone white in the entire competition alongside the ’09 Fireside Claret, ’09 Lodestone, and the 2010 Pinot Noir which all won a Gold as well. Look for us in the August issue of The Tasting Panel.