Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Écluse Wines has the "Lock" on Rhône and Bordeaux Blends

A few miles from Downtown Paso Robles lies the spectacular Lock Vineyard with sweeping views of the Westside.  In 1997, Steve and Pam Lock purchased 30 acres of rolling hillside terrain and set out to produce hand crafted, award winning Rhône and Bordeaux wines through their new boutique winery, Écluse Wines.

After a decade since their first harvest, Steve and Pam Lock have grown their winery and began planting small blocks of other Rhône and Bordeaux varietals, in addition to Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as Zinfandel.

Lock Vineyard

Écluse Wines produces superb Rhône and Bordeaux blends, as well as single varietal wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Zinfandel.  My first exposure to these eclectic blends came during the 2010 Rhône Rangers Los Angeles Tasting.  During a recent visit to Paso Robles, I stopped by the winery to sample their selection of wines and meet Steve and Pam Lock.  Steve was an engaging host during my visit to the winery, despite the large group of people congregating in the tasting room. 

Be sure to stop by the tasting room next time you plan your wine tasting trip to Paso Robles.  You'll enjoy the Lock's limited production blends, including Prelude, Rendition, Ensemble, Improv and single varietals, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Zinfandel.  Prices range between $28-$38/bottle.

And as for the name of the winery, here's how Steve and Pam explain it: "Écluse is the French word for the locks on the canals that gently carve their way through the remarkable French country.  Since our last name is 'Lock,' the name Écluse for our wines was born!"

Écluse Wines
1520 Kiler Canyon Road, Paso Robles
(805) 238-4998
Open Friday-Sunday, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Twitter: @EcluseWines
Facebook: Ecluse Wines
Email: lock@eclusewines.com

Barrel and Tasting Room
Some of the '09s in Barrel
The Tasting Room and Wall of Accolades


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