As Paris Valley Road meanders along the scenic foothills of the Monterey Coast, it touches upon a particular section of vineyard rich with history. In the 1800’s under the Homestead Act, the LaCoumbe family began building and cultivating the land. Today, nestled in the Chalk Knoll Vineyards is an old adobe house dating back to the turn of the 19th century, still standing with a root cellar and a wind machine at its side. In the 1990’s the Stoller family, of Sunridge Nurseries, formed a partnership with Dana Merrill of Pomar Junction Vineyard & Winery and planted vineyards on the property for contracted production with the Mondavi family.
Today, Sextant Wines in Paso Robles has undertaken this property and winemaking operations for an exciting new venture. With Michael Fay at the helm of production and Brad Roberts leading the national sales, the venture has proved to be extremely successful. Paris Valley Road Wines pays homage to the French varietals – meticulously vinified and carefully blended into wines with distinct California signatures.
With the vineyard situated approximately 35 miles from the Pacific Ocean, its favorable terroir provides the ideal location for growing aromatic and complex grapes. “Planted on the highest peak of chalky soils, the vines produce fruit that give us wines with intensity and unique mineral qualities” says Craig Stoller, Proprietor of Sextant Wines. The soil features Lockwood Loam and Santa Lucia Clay-Loam which impart the signature minerality to the berries. “These geographical and climatic conditions lead to a long growing season which allows the fruit to develop an abundant flavor profile consistently from year to year” adds Bryan Wallingford, CKV Vineyard Manager.