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The Vineyard
Tolliver Ranch Vineyard situated on the eastern side of the Paso Robles AVA, on the Estrella River bench. It amasses to almost 600 acres; comprised of wine grapes, blueberries, and land available for planting. The Tolliver Ranch vineyard holds a collection of Cabernet Sauvignon clones that is unrivaled in the surrounding area.

The History
Originally owned by the winery Villa Mt. Eden, Tolliver Ranch was planted in 2000 with a focus on an array of unique Cabernet clones and the Shiraz clone. Rob Murray purchased the vineyard in 2004 and subsequently grafted about 12.5 acres of the Cabernet to Petite Sirah. Cabernet Sauvignon plantings currently total 143 acres.

The Land
Bordered by the Estrella river, this river-bench vineyard features sandy, gravely, well-drained soils that, unlike most soil profiles in the region, are acidic due to the presence of decomposed granite. The combination of Tolliver Ranch’s gravely soil and gently rolling landscape translates to consistent growing conditions with extremely uniform ripening.

The Seasons
Due to its proximity to the Estrella river basin this vineyard sees cold winters, with many below-freezing days. The Spring at Tolliver Ranch remains relatively cold and the vines push late. Early Summer brings moderately warm days and cool nights. Warm days contrasted with cool evenings in late September and October promote grapes that ripen late. Early Summer brings moderately warm days and cool nights that continue through late September and October, promoting grapes that ripen late. Cabernet grapes from Tolliver Ranch are typically ready to be picked toward the end of October and occasionally even into November. This extended ripening time ensures grapes that are fully mature, balanced in sugar and acidity.

The Farming
Rob takes care to ensure the vineyard isn’t farmed with a heavy hand. As the terroir is naturally conducive to producing uniform fruit, the focus at the site is on limiting interference with the vineyard, giving the vines freedom to prosper in their ideal locations.

Tolliver Vineyard Data On Estrella Road, One mile east of Jardine in CA

AVA: Paso Robles
  • Acres: 562
  • Acres/vine: 211.5
  • Climate Zone: III
  • Soil: Bench; sandy gravelly loam comprised of decomposed granite
  • Soil pH: 6-7
  • Year Planted: 2000
  • Growing Degree Days: 2700-3200°F
  • Average Diurnal Temp. Shift: 40°F
  • Average Rainfall: 12.5 inches/year
Grower: Rob Murray    Manager: Bruce Jordan

Varietal Clones Acres Vine Spacing Vine Density Training Pruning
Cabernet Sauvignon 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 15, 337 143.78 8 x 6 908 vines/acre North Facing: Verticle Shoot Positioning
South Facing: Sprawl
Spur Pruned
Syrah 7 55.23 8 x 6 908 vines/acre North Facing: Verticle Shoot Positioning
South Facing: Sprawl
Spur Pruned
Petite Syrah 1 12.47 8 x 6 908 vines/acre North Facing: Verticle Shoot Positioning
South Facing: Sprawl
Spur Pruned
Malbec 598, 595 10.29 8 x 6 908 vines/acre North Facing: Verticle Shoot Positioning
South Facing: Sprawl
Spur Pruned

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