Our 15 acre vineyard is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Mourvèdre, Grenache Blanc and Viognier. The special characteristics of our geology, geography and climate endow us with a terroir highly prized in viticulture.
We use an American grapevine rootstock specifically selected for its resistance to pests and preference for drought prone soils and hillsides. These roots adapt well to our clay/lime soils and tolerate our wet winters. Oso Libre’s sustainably farmed vineyards are deeply rooted in rugged calcareous (limestone) soils exposed to sunshine and ocean influenced air consistently bearing complex fruit. Our location in the cooler West side Adelaida region of the Paso Robles AVA, is only 10 miles from the coast, and is highly desirable for its unique micro-climate. This micro-climate coupled with our selective vineyard management allows our estate yield to be intentionally very low.
Harvest season at Oso Libre occurs in late October or early November. This provides an extended hang time for the grapes, which is about four to six weeks longer than in warmer climates. The longer time on the vine allows for more intense flavors, color, complexity and true varietal characteristics to develop. The combination of all these features permits us to achieve the best performance from our grape vines while preserving our commitment to our sustainable farming program. The end result is the highest quality grapes bearing delicious flavors and proper balance, which is essential for great wine.