W I N E R Y & V I N E Y A R D


Other dreams in Paso Robles weren't just about geography, but rather, artistic expression, about combining love of the arts with lives on the vineyard. Located in the Linne Valley on the east side of Paso Robles, the area offers a unique micro climate with plenty of sunshine, but less heat than other locations making it ideal for their estate grown cabs and petite sirahs. Committed to low yields, the vineyards are hand manicured and deficit irrigated, creating a high grape skin to juice ratio, ensuring intense varietal flavors and concentrated wines. Here, after aging wines for 12 - 18 months in American, French and Hungarian oak, Sculpterra is then ready to make their proprietary blends. Engaging in such interesting labels as "Statuesque" and "Maquette", they strive to create the final touches to be a reflection of their love of art.

At Sculpterra Winery, they've merged the worlds of wine and fine art together. From their point of view, the process of winemaking requires them to sculpt the earth, sculpt the vines, and sculpt the wines in order to offer up a unique expression of the region and of California. With such an artistic mindset, it is no surprise to find a grand sculpture garden comprised of enormous bronze figures right on the property. The work of sculptor John Jagger is quite awe-inspiring. One might even debate which is more beautiful - the work or the wine. Tasting room manager Martha Clyde comments with pride, "Like any grape growing region, the terroire here is distinct and different.

Our wines in our region are really coming out now with lots of press and gold medal wines. We are sourcing our grapes from our own estates so our estate grapes are mature, growing since the 90s, doing phenomenally well in the tasting room." 2005 is not only the first year of their own estate wine, but it is also a gold medal year, acknowledging their Cabernet Sauvignon.

Sculpterra is part of a group called "The Backroads". This is a group of a dozen wineries that all have something distinctive to offer - high quality wines, chefs, restaurants, and bed & breakfasts. The fun part is that they are all in one small area, connected by a winding back road that connects them together. Make a day of just these fun places to visit..

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- Tasting room
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- connection to Back Roads Wineries
- wine club
- events
- wine reviews

F E A T U R E D -W I N E ,S

2008 Viognier / Paso Robles
This Viognier is a first vintage from the Frankel Family Vineyard located in the rolling hills of Paso Robles. The nose is rich with intoxicating honeysuckle, layered over notes of tropical fruit and zesty hints of lemon. Sip it slowly and flavors of mango, sweet pineapple, and California flowers flow into touches of stone fruit, honey, and grapefruit. The finish is bright with a crisp clean acidity that ends with lingering floral notes. This is an excellent choice for an aperitif or to savor with some fresh crab cakes.
Score: 90


2007 Figurine / Paso Robles
A California blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 44% Zinfandel, and 11% Merlot, this wine opens up with a big, bright nose. Aromas of spicy blackberries and strawberry jam meld nicely with currants and white pepper. Bold tannins carry rich dark berry flavors with accents of spice and vanilla that close with lush notes of raspberry and strawberry. Open a bottle and turn dinner into a small celebration with barbequed chicken, ribs, and hamburgers.
Score: 91


2005 Cabernet Sauvignon / Paso Robles
Conditions in 2005 allowed for a long growing season and great hang time. After aging in French and Hungarian Oak, the resulting wine is elegant and soft with an excellent classical structure. Given a chance to breathe in a glass, scents of ripe cherry, currants, and raspberry give way to softer notes of vanilla, chocolate, and a touch of oak. On the palate, the layered berry flavors return, moving into dried fruit flavors alongside dark chocolate, spice, earthy truffles, and hints of smoke. Pair this with a rare prime rib or a luscious dessert.
Score: 91


2006 Syrah / Paso Robles
This Syrah is another first vintage from Sculpterra. From its deep, dark purple hue emanates powerful aromas of plum, blackberry, and blueberry with effervescent accents of spice and hickory smoke. The palate is packed with bramble fruit and sweet cherry, with an engaging zest of pepper and other spices. The wine is light, its mouthfeel smooth, and the finish bright as it closes upon notes of spice and dried fruit. Look out for future vintages of this varietal. There is plenty of potential.
Score: 90


2006 Maquette / Paso Robles
This brilliant Bordeaux blend of 63% Cabernet, 25% Merlot and 12% Petite Sirah was carefully handcrafted in small lots to capture the dominant characteristics of the Cabernet, while the warm berry flavors of the Merlot continue to unfold into a lingering finish of the Petite Sirah. This bright, piquant wine has a deep color and nice legs with a soft perfume nose. Well balanced with a hint of oak, this oh so drinkable wine offers a completely balanced feel in the back of the mouth with a triumphant finish minus the heat and sharp edges. Easy to drink with your favorite barbecue fare. We went with thick, juicy rib eye steaks done to a very precise 135 degree center. Get one bottle for now, and one for the cellar.

Price: $40.00 a bottle

2006 Statuesque / Paso Robles
If you drink wine to feel the love, be one of those that partake of this wine maker's efforts to create the ultimate Rhone Wine experience. An incredible blend of classically grown and nurtured Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, and Petite Sirah, each varietal's characteristics are defined by what nature brought to the table. Yes, the wine has plum and floral notes on the nose with rich tannins and cherries, boysenberries and leather that linger, but the wine maker wants you to close your eyes and picture the steep cliffs of the Northern Rhone, while you taste the luscious calcareous and chalky soil of the Southern Rhone so carefully nurtured and replicated in the versatile growing environment of Paso Robles.

Price: $35.00 a bottle

2005 Cabernet Sauvignon / Paso Robles
A wonderful aroma with a spicy nose and great legs, this estate grown cabernet was handled with extreme care during the growing stage to bring you a classic cabernet with an intense fruit flavor with strong tannins. The resulting complex palate with a balanced middle and peppery, tart spikes maintained its balance with a strong finish that worked well when paired with full flavored cheeses, steaks, pork and even salads. This wine is drinkable now and will age well in the years to come.

Price: $28.00 a bottle

2006 Cabernet Sauvignon / Paso Robles
This full bodied cabernet sauvignon follows in the footsteps of its 2005 sister, with its full bodied, rich tannin profile, balanced with rich cherries, blackberries and hints of oak and yes, eucalyptus, too. Well balanced by 12 months in American oak barrels, this second vintage of Estate grown Cabernet Sauvignon represents the continuation of the winemaker's vision to produce complex and full bodied wines with attention to every detail in the growing and nurturing stage of the grape's glorious life. Its final rich fruity flavor with a well centered structure and strong peppery finish makes it a perfect red to pair with your heartiest meals this winter, whether it be game, lamb, stews or roasts.


2006 Petite Sirah / Paso Robles
Keep an eye on this robust wine, for its small, delicate grapes have yielded to a big flavor with brilliant color and intense aromas. Boasting strong plum flavors surely as a result of judicious pruning and intentionally low yields, this very well balanced wine has a smooth mouth feel followed by rich tannins. Aged one year in American oak, its rich profile makes it a contribution to any cellar. Winemaker Shannon O'Neill deserves a following.

Price: $32.00 a bottle

2006 Syrah / Paso Robles
Slowly swirl and take your time before your first sip of this intensely spicy, fruity aroma. Notice its brilliant, deep purple color with a pale red edge that matches the setting sun along with its deep legs, and then taste the plums and cherries balanced superbly with a light tannin and spicy fruit finish. Aged in American, French and Eastern European Oak, the wine was aged for one year. The details are in the nurturing prior to harvest, leaving the purity of the fruit your rich reward at the table, paired under a variety of circumstances, such as grains and seafoods in addition to your beef or pork. Only 140 cases of this wine, grown right here in the Paso Robles region.

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Paso Robles, CA 93446
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