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Named for the naturally occurring grove of oak trees in the shape of heart facing 46 West, Heart Hill Vineyard is located at the gateway to Paso Robles west-side wine country. The vineyard is composed almost entirely of south-facing, hillside plantings on steep rocky slopes of primarily siliceous shale. The growing season is long due to the ocean breezes that whip through the Templeton Gap in afternoon and cool off the vineyard. The grapes from Heart Hill are complex with intense color lending themselves to rich, powerful, well-structured wines.
The land itself has a history as rich as the wines it produces with a story that stretches over 100 years. The property was originally part of a 700 acre ranch owned by Claude and Richard Booker. The Bookers were hardworking, community oriented brothers who were hallmarks of Paso Robles and strove to preserve the land they worked on (records show they legitimately worked the land until the day before they each died). We purchased the land in 2003 and planted the current 46 acres in two stages: the slopes surrounding the Heart in 2007; and the remaining blocks on the north-end of the vineyard in 2010. The primary varietals by acreage are Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Grenache with smaller blocks of Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, Merlot, Mourvedre, Semillion, Roussanne, and Grenache Blanc.