Cinquain Cellars wins nine medals at competition
Cinquain Cellars is celebrating some big wins at the annual San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. The 2010 Malbec won a double gold medal and four gold medals were awarded to the 2010 Tempranillo, 2010 Syrah, 2012 Chardonnay and 2010 Independence Red.
Cinquain Cellars will be open for Zinfandel Festival Weekend, March 14-16, Friday through Sunday from 12 p.m to 4 p.m. They are only open to the public seven times each year so this is a an opprotunity to visit without having to make an appointment.
The owner and winemaker, David Nagengast, graduated from the Fresno State University Enology program in 1985 with the dream of someday having his own vineyard and winery. In 2000, the search for the perfect site culminated in the purchase of a small hillside property, overlooking Hog Canyon and the Estrella River basin from 1,000-ft elevation, in the Northeast area of the Paso Robles Appellation.
The 14-acre Nagengast Estate Vineyard was planted in 2002 with nine varieties. These include the traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Also, planted are two clones of Syrah, clones 174 and 877, which produce a Rhone-style wine. Lastly, there are three classic Port varieties, Tinta Cao, Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca.
They are located about 30 minutes north east Paso Robles at 6404 Independence Ranch Place, San Miguel CA 93451.