Acclaimed winemaker Don Brady, whose wines have garnered praise from Texas to California, oversees production of the Brady Vineyard’s big, bold red wines that have become the hallmark of California’s central coast.
The Brady family vineyard came to realization in Paso Robles, California. Native lupines found on the vineyard property are reminiscent of the fields of bluebonnets that greet the spring in Brady’s native Texas. Nestled in the Estrella Valley, Brady Vineyard is just far enough inland from the Pacific Ocean to build heat daily, but close enough to enjoy the nightly cooling of maritime breezes. Established in 2001, the 24-acre site is ideally situated for world-class viticulture, with vines rooted in the gravelly soils that form a rolling alluvial terrace overlooking the Estrella River. Here, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Petite Sirah vines are planted at a density of 908 vines per acre, grafted onto rootstock and bred to seek out available water and nutrients in the sparse ground. Because of the inherent poverty of the site, yields are limited to a scant 4 tons per acre, boosting intensity and concentration from the vines. All these elements together result in rich, fully ripened grapes, ideal for producing big and bold Paso Robles red wines. Don Brady’s mantra of “extraordinary wines are the product of exceptional vineyards cultivated with great care working in concert with conscientious winemaking and cellar practice” are evident in the family of wines crafted from Brady Vineyards.
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