September 29, 2015

Asuncion Ridge Vineyards & Inn

Owner(s) Michael Dilsaver, Philip Krumal
Web site www.asuncionridge.com
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Asuncion Ridge Vineyards & Inn

Philip Krumal and partner Michael Dilsaver own a unique vineyard and lodging high on a ridge overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Atascadero. 300 acres and a residence were purchased a few years ago. The residence was converted into an Inn consisting of three elegant suites furnished in Spanish-themed furniture from Mexico. A gourmet breakfast is served in the large kitchen/dining room or on one of the patios overlooking both ocean and mountain views. The Inn is only a 20-minute drive from the town of Atascadero, but it is like another world with exceptional beauty and tranquility.

A 7-acre Pinot Noir vineyard has been planted adjacent to the Inn on a well-drained hillside at 2,200 feet. Several clones are planted including Pommard 4 and 5, 2A, 23, 667, 777 and HMR. Philip learned his winegrowing and winemaking from Marc Goldberg of Windward Vineyard. The wine is sold through a mailing list. 805-461-0675.

Reviewed Wines

2012 Asuncion Ridge Vineyards San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir

14.9% alc., 163 cases, $38. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Aromas of black raspberry, forest floor and nutty oak unfold slowly in the glass. Delicious mid weight plus core of well-ripened dark berry fruits with a supportive note of oak. The fruit really sparkles with an aggressive mid palate attack and expansive finish. Modest tannins allow for enjoyment now, although this wine was even more enjoyable the following day from a previously opened and re-corked bottle. Score: 92. Reviewed May 25, 2015 ARTICLE »

2012 Asuncion Ridge Vineyards San Luis Obispo County Barrel Select Pinot Noir

14.8% alc., 54 cases, $58. 100% free-run juice from all vineyard clones but mainly Pommard and 115. · Moderately dark reddish purple color in the glass. Don’t even think about drinking this wine now without decanting. When tasted a day after opening from a decanted bottle, the wine was glorious with hi-tone aromas of dark berries and spice. Robust, yet velvety on the palate, with waves of boysenberry, blackberry, cola and exotic spice flavors that are perfectly complimented by oak. Beautifully balanced, with amazing fruit expression only possible in California. This special wine will excel with even more over time in the cellar. Score: 94. Reviewed May 25, 2015 ARTICLE »

2008 Asuncion Ridge Vineyards San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir

14.4% alc.. · Very pretty aromatics featuring black cherry and mixed berry fruit with roseate notes. Discretely concentrated core of black raspberry fruit set off by accents of cola and coffee bean. Beautifully composed with supple tannins and respectable persistence on the aromatic finish. I like this. Very good. Reviewed April 8, 2010 ARTICLE »

2008 Asuncion Ridge Vineyards San Luis Obispo County Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., $40. · Charming aromas of fully ripe black cherries, mixed dark berries and rose petals. Moderately intense in fruit flavor with nuances of cola and coffee bean, with a welcoming finesse and a silk and satin texture. Very good. Reviewed March 12, 2011 ARTICLE »

2007 Asuncion Ridge Vineyards Barrel Select Paso Robles Pinot Noir

14.4% alc., unreleased. Philip Krumal crafts small amounts of Pinot Noir from his isolated estate vineyard located at 2,000 feet above sea level in the Atascadero hills. · Lovely floral aromas complimented by red fruits and a hint of oak. Middle-weighted red Pinot fruits nicely spiced and oaked. Everything works in harmony for pure pleasure. Reviewed April 18, 2009 ARTICLE »

2005 Asuncion Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir

<100 cases, · Impressive for an inaugural effort with appealing elegance, racy red fruits, and supple tannins. Reviewed July 16, 2007 ARTICLE »