*MAHA + JBV

*MAHA + JBV

+ 4 complimentary tastings ($200 value)

Please enjoy a collection of wines highlighting our MAHA Estate and James Berry Vineyard.

2018 Before Anyone Else

100% Cairette, certified organic and biodynamic. BAE is an intriguing, textural, age worthy white wine that channels the great wines of Burgundy, Rhone, and Rioja. Clairette couldn’t be happier here at the MAHA. Planted in a lower section with a fair amount of clay over limestone, it requires little attention, sets a modest crop and ripens AMAZING fruit. Fermented and aged in 45% new French and Hungarian barrels, the wine offers intoxicating aromas of exotic tropical fruits, melon, marzipan and white flowers. It transitions to an opulent and vivacious palate that has one salivating for the next sip…think Pavlov’s dog. While absolutely delicious out of the chute, this wine will evolve to a stratospheric level with 7-10 years of cellaring. Drink 2020-2025

"Brilliant straw-yellow. Ripe citrus and orchard fruit, succulent herb, honey and jasmine aromas are energized by hints of dusty minerals and ginger. Juicy and impressively concentrated, offering intense Meyer lemon, pear nectar and bitter quinine flavors that show excellent clarity and vibrant back-end lift. The floral and mineral notes resonate strongly on the youthfully chewy finish, which hangs on with impressive tenacity." 94 pts - Vinous Media

2018 Roussanne, James Berry Vineyard

100% Roussanne. 2018 Roussanne James Berry Vineyard is golden straw in color boasting intoxicating aromatics of grilled white nectarine, flint, fresh bread and white flowers. The palate walks a perfect line between power and grace. Stone fruits are complicated with honeysuckle, thyme, and lemon zest finishing with a nervy intensity that has you salivating for that next glass. Stock up on this one as it will be tough to keep your hands off of and will cellar for a decade or more. Drink 2020-2035

"Translucent yellow. Penetrating aromas of fresh orchard and pit fruits are accompanied by hints of chalky minerals, tarragon and pungent flowers. Juicy and concentrated in style, offering Meyer lemon, pear nectar, white peach and honeysuckle flavors that show fine definition and energetic lift on the back half. The floral note repeats strongly on the finely etched finish, which hangs on with impressive, mineral-tinged persistence." 94 pts - Vinous Media

2017 This Way That Way

50% Grenache, 50% Morvédre. With co-fermentation, two or more grape varieties are fermented together in the same vat. This Way That Way takes 50/50 Grenache and Mourvèdre co-fermentations from both James Berry Vineyard and MAHA Estate and blends them into a 100% awesome wine. It offers an ethereal concoction of treble and bass. An intriguing brooding magenta color lures you in for an explosion of scents that jump starts one’s olfactory system. A Tangiers market comes to mind with scents of exotic spices, grilled meats, fresh flowers, clementines, hashish and musk. The palate is textural and concentrated offering a finish that goes on for days. This is SO delicious!!! Drink 2020-2028

2017 Backlit

70% Petite Sirah, 12% Mourvèdre, 10% Grenache, 8% Carignan. Petite Sirah takes center stage in Backlit. The Petite sees the day’s first light, and the afternoon shade and coastal breezes giving ample ripeness, good acidity and fine tannins. The Mourvèdre adds tropical fruits, the Grenache bumps the spice, and the Carignan offers dark and savory notes. The vibrant ox-blood color catches your attention at first glance. Aromatics of bittersweet chocolate and espresso are complemented by raspberry preserves and spice. Great concentration, balance and precision transition to a seamless texture with just enough tension to ask for a bit of cellaring. If you can’t keep your hands off this, decant it for a few hours and let the fireworks begin. Drink 2020-2033

"Opaque, shimmering maroon. Potent red and dark berry, musky earth, candied flowers and exotic spices on the deeply perfumed nose. Stains the palate with intense black raspberry, cherry cola, bitter chocolate and violet pastille flavors that are sharpened by a building spice-cake quality. Shows superb energy and powerful floral thrust on the impressively long, gently chewy finish, which features steadily building tannins and repeating spiciness." 96 pts - Vinous Media

2018 High Road, James Berry Vineyard

60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre. 2018 High Road was our sixteenth vintage working with grapes from James Berry Vineyard. Justin Smith, of Saxum fame, grew up on the property and took the reins from his parents Pebble and Teri several years ago. This is a stunning family owned and farmed vineyard in west Paso Robles’ esteemed Willow Creek District. This wine has texture, finesse, and approachability along with weight, complexity and the ability to cellar. Deep garnet in color, it offers amazing aromatics of black and red fruits, cured meats, west Paso lupine and spice. Its palate is sexy, rich and textural with just enough verve to have you salivating for more. While enjoyable now it will deliver in spades with a few years of patience in your cellar. Drink 2021-2035

"Deep, bright-rimmed ruby. Powerful, mineral-accented black/blue fruit and floral oil aromas pick up exotic spice and pipe tobacco nuances with air. Fleshy, juicy and impressively concentrated, offering ripe boysenberry, black raspberry, cherry liqueur and violet pastille flavors that tighten up steadily on the back half. Densely packed yet energetic as well, finishing with resonating florality, gently gripping tannins and superb persistence." 96 pts - Vinous Media

2017 Understory

65% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 5% Carignan. Grenache occupies 6 acres here at the MAHA. Understory features Grenache from two of our three Grenache blocks. Fanny’s block, on the south facing slope directly above the winery, is planted to a Spanish clone that brings bright fruits and structure. Jack Rabbit block is planted to a French clone and sits at a slightly lower elevation with south east exposure This clone is known for its complexity and savoriness. Mourvèdre compliments the Grenache with its darker fruit profile and lower acidity. A bit of Carignan adds a distinct umami component that takes things to the next level. The ruby red slippers color is the first sign that says “I don’t think we’re are in Kansas anymore”. A ethereal bouquet of licorice, camphor, cherry Luden’s, dried flowers, and nori flows into a seamless beauty sporting intensity and fine tannins. It has you clicking your heels until the bottle is gone! Drink 2020-2033

"Glistening ruby. Energetic, mineral- and spice-accented aromas of ripe red/blue fruits are complicated by suggestions of succulent herbs and pungent flowers. Broad and fleshy on entry, then more taut in the midpalate, offering juicy black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a suggestion of five-spice powder. Finishes very long and subtly sweet, with slow-building tannins, a touch of smokiness and repeating spice and floral character." 96 pts - Vinous Media

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