I had one day off during an intensive two-week working visit to San Luis Obispo and took the day to explore several wineries in the Paso area. I went with my colleagues roommate who had worked at a vineyard further north and had a biz card to share (many of the wineries offer a discount for industry pros). Adelaida was our first stop that morning - we arrived just after they opened at 10 am on a Thursday. Now there are fancy castle rooms (Justin, Eagle Creek), party rooms (Tobin James) and wineries that produce more intriguing varietals (Tablas Creek), but with the combination of relaxed ambience, knowledgeable pourer and great wines - this was the hit of the day. The HMR Estate Reserve Pinot was incredible - especially given that it was from there own 46 year old Central Coast vines and not much further north. Their Cab Reserve was likewise outstanding (with big dark fruit not overly oaked) and the ice wine was sublime, but the wine of the day for me (drinking surprisingly well considering the age) was their 1997 Viking Syrah - oh so smoky and rich - only a handful of bottles of left. The pourer shared the history of the vineyards - complete with pictures - and was very generous with each pour. I would like to think that my companion didn't influence the great time we had and that everyone's experience would be the same. Later in the week we found a bottle of their Recess Red at Albertson's - and although it was priced as an everyday table wine, it was a big hit!
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