In 1999, Estancia developed nearly 700 acres along the Estrella River benchland in Paso Robles, nearly 400 acres of which is Cabernet Sauvignon. This emerging region is ideal for producing grapes that result in complex and delicious Cabernet Sauvignon displaying intense dark fruit flavors followed by a long, rich finish.
Growing conditions in Paso Robles are extreme—temperature swings are greater here than in any other California appellation. The rugged landscape, unique microclimate and infertile soils at Keyes Canyon Vineyard produce red varietals with low yields, small clusters, tiny berries and high skin-to-juice ratios for concentrated wines with intense varietal character. These prime conditions are ideal for growing Estancia’s Bordeaux-varietal wines.