The Farm Winery is one of our favorite wineries in the Paso Robles AVA. It’s owned and operated by old friends and Stanford Business School alumni Jim Madsen and veteran Argentine winemaker, Santiago Achaval. Launched in 2009, it produces small quantities of outstanding wine from low-yielding estate vineyards located in the westside hills at an average altitude of 1700 and 1900 feet. The wines are primarily blends of Bordeaux and Rhone varieties and are made for aging.
After four years of serious drought, the 2016 vintage provided welcome rain fall. The fruit was superb, and moderate heat allowed for excellent acidities and relatively low levels of alcohol. Stylistically, the wines are big flavored and mouth filling with excellent concentration. The tannins at this stage of development are round and silky, which will permit early drinking with decanting. Having reviewed several releases of the Farm Winery, we can confirm that the 2016 vintage is one of the strongest.
The Farm Winery 2016 Cardinal Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles Adelaida District ($95) 91 The 2016 Cardinal Cabernet Sauvignon displays a fruit forward, earthy plum nose. It is soft on entry with a medium-weight palate. Showing good concentration on the mid-palate, it has beautiful balance, round tannins and a pleasant finish.
The Farm Winery 2016 LPF Paso Robles Adelaida District ($70) 93 The 2016 LPF is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec. It displays a very rich nose, offering aromas of dark plum and black currant with hints of coconut and spice. A big, unctuous wine, it reveals a velvet-like palate with a rich and creamy mouth feel, soft round tannins and a long finish.
The Farm Winery 2016 Primal Scream Paso Robles Adelaida District ($60) 93 Semi opaque, dark red in color, the Primal Scream exhibits a nose of dark earthy fruit and is soft and silky on the attack with excellent richness and depth on the palate with a blackberry core. A blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Grenache, it reveals hints of dark chocolate and black raspberry with incredible extract on the finish. A hedonistic wine.
The Farm Winery 2016 The Big Game Paso Robles ($75) 92 The Big Game is a blend of 43% Syrah, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon and 21% Petit Verdot. Opaque in color, it offers a nose of boysenberry, spice and underbrush. It has tangy notes on the palate with good freshness and acidity, and rich dark plum, boysenberry, earth, pepper and oak notes on the palate. Highly concentrated, it has a soft texture and a very long finish.
The Farm Winery 2016 The Red Zone Syrah Paso Robles Adelaida District ($60) 94 The 2016 Red Zone Syrah is a gorgeous wine showing underbrush and red and dark red fruit on nose and ripe plum, spice and pepper on the palate with excellent acidity and a hint of forest floor. It is soft and sensuous on the palate and has a long finish.
The Farm Winery 2016 Touchy-Feely Paso Robles Adelaida District ($60) 93 The 2016 Touchy-Feely is a blend of 78% Grenache and 22% Syrah. Medium dark red in color, it offers a red-fruited nose with an elegant attack of fresh red berries and spice. The most elegant of the wines in this line up, it has tangy acidity on the palate, is full in the mouth and has a fine red fruited finish. A beautiful wine.