Lions Peak Estate Vineyard is located in Northern San Luis Obispo County nearly to the Monterey county line and is on the border the Estella-San Miguel Districts in the Paso Robles AVA..The climate is one of warm days and cool night during the growing season and is known for the extreme temperature swings which provide ideal growing conditions for the Cabernet Sauvignon and the other Bordeaux varietals that are on the Estate.
Located in Region II and III (UCD) with daytime temperatures ranging from 80F to 105F or at the highest 110F to 115F and nighttime lows from 40F to 55F. The fluctuation in temperatures, soil types, and similarity to the Bordeaux growing region were the reason that viticulturist, Phillip Doub, sought to establish the Estate nearly 50 years ago.
The soils on the Estate range from calcareous, shale, and clay loams which provide ideal growing conditions for growing the old vine Cabernet Sauvignon. The climate is very similar to Bordeaux without the humidity. The Estate has been recognized for producing exceptional fruit of depth of flavor and the 1994 Estate Vintage still retains its depth of flavor and intense flavors and color. The Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is barrel aged in French oak for a minimum of 18 to 24 months. The wine is deep in flavor, full bodied, with black cherry flavors and currants with a vanillin long lingering finish.
The Cabernet Sauvignon old vines are planted on their own rootstock and produce wines with remarkable depth of character and complexity. Arant has owned the vineyard since the early 1990’s: however, the vineyard and home were originally begun by Phillip Doub who was one the founders for the Ca Poly Viticulturist Program. Today, the 49 year old historical vineyard is managed by Lee Alegre and his team who ensure that the old world styled Cabernet Sauvignon vines are kept in optimum condition through proper viticulture practice. The Estate exhibits unique microclimates, calcareous soils, and practices canopy and irrigation management, and harvesting by hand which produces wines that have historically received prestigious accolades.
Lions Peak Estate Acreage -120 Acre Estate
5 Acres: Marsanne, Roussanne, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Sauvignon Blanc, and Semillon
15 Acres: Carménère, Malbec, Mourvèdre, Syrah, Grenache, Cinsault, Albariño, Chardonnay, and Viognier
23.5 Acres: Cabernet Sauvignon
1 Acre Merlot
1.5 Acre Cabernet Franc
1.5 Acre Petit Verdot