Friday, January 21, 2011

Oso Libre: Vines | Wines | Angus

Located halfway along scenic Vineyard Drive in Westside Paso Robles is a winery and estate vineyard producing a range of award-winning, artisanal single-varietal wines and blends.  Oso Libre is a family owned and operated winery and vineyard on 90 acres of highly prized land situated in one of the most acclaimed areas within the Paso Robles AVA.

By the looks of things, Chris and Linda Behr sparred no expense in designing and constructing the estate vineyard and winery that is perfectly nestled within the oak studded hillsides of Paso Robles.  Upon entering the estate and stepping inside the tasting room, you feel a unique connection to the property and the natural surroundings even within the modernly designed tasting room, which affords sweeping views of the estate vineyard.

In addition to the design of the estate, Oso Libre relies on sustainable agricultural practices and renewable energy strategies to supply the majority of electricity for operations and to help preserve the environment. A growing number of wineries, including Oso Libre, are committed to sustainable practices and seeking the coveted Sustainability in Practice (SIP)™ Certification - a seal that guarantees the winery is committed to environmental stewardship in the vineyard and winery.

If you are lucky enough to explore the rest of the property, you will soon find out that Oso Libre is also a working cattle ranch with 60 acres set aside for free range, grass fed, hormone-free Black Angus.  The Black Angus Beef is available exclusively to wine club members and there are plenty of of their wines that pair nicely with a juicy steak.

Wines available for tasting and/or purchase in the tasting room include the following labels: Vino d'Oro ChardonnayVolado ViognierRosalinda Rose (Mourvèdre | Syrah | Grenache | Viognier)Carnal Rhône Blend (Syrah | Grenache | Mourvèdre | Petite Sirah | Zinfandel)Primoroso (Zinfandel | Cabernet Sauvignon | Syrah | Grenache | Mourvèdre | Petite Sirah)Osezno (Zinfandel)Nativo Primitivo (Primitivo | Petite Sirah)Azucar Late Harvest Estate BlendRojo del Patron (Cabernet Sauvignon | Zinfandel) and Cabernet Sauvignon.  You will be hard pressed not to find a wine you enjoy and take home. Favorites include Nativo Primitivo and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Oso Libre Winery is a highly recommended stop for wine tasters traveling along Vineyard Drive in Westside Paso Robles.  Grab a glass and perch yourself outside on a chair overlooking the estate vineyard.  You're in wine country; where else do you have to be?

Oso Libre
7383 Vineyard Drive, Paso Robles
(805) 238-3378
Open Wednesday-Monday, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m
Tasting fee: $10 for six wines (fee waived with purchase)

Ruby posing for the camera
Oso Libre Tasting Room
Oso Libre tasting room overlooking the vineyard
Cabernet Block 4, Estate Vineyard
Oso Libre Winery and Tasting Room


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