Cal Poly wines, and the vineyards that produce them, have had a long-standing tradition of producing quality wine. Some of our first vintages were made by Ken Volk during his tenure at Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards – a good match in our eyes for our mustang wines! Starting with the 2006 vintage, Cal Poly established a new relationship with Orcutt Road Cellars, where its nearby location allows our student winemakers to maintain close ties with the wines during the entire process – from vineyard to bottle.
2013 Syrah Blend
This Syrah-Grenache blend shows red cherry jam, anise and leather aromas in the glass, which evolve into more complex olallieberry and white pepper over time. This medium bodied wine is lively and delicate on the palate, and displays the expressive fruit and herbal characters typical to cool climate Rhone blends. Made from 60% Trestle Vineyard Syrah, 40% Monterey Grenache and barrel aged for eight months.
2013 Pinot Noir
Ripe black cherry, sarsaparilla and damp earth aromatics lead to dark and expressive cherry compote, cola, graphite and toasted walnut flavors. This complex and rich Pinot Noir displays a great deal of concentration and character. Made from 20% Trestle Vineyard New French Oak and barrel aged for eight months.
2008 Poly Royal Red Dessert Wine
An exotic array of varietals – Zinfandel, Tempranillo, Syrah and Souzao – along with the extended ripeness of the grapes, gives the wine the smooth, velvety flavor of dried fruits and toasted almonds with the richness of boysenberry and olallieberry. Enjoy especially with cheeses, chocolate and meringue. Try this crème brulée in a cup! Made from 78% Zinfandel, 11% Syrah, 9% Tempranillo and 3% Souzao.
This young and expressive Chardonnay displays a balance of perfume, baked apple and soft white flowers in the bouquet. With time in the glass, more complex pear, white peach, cream and baking spices emerge. Bright acidity, and youthful roasted oak flavors indicate this wine will evolve nicely over the next 2-3 years. Made from 20% Trestle Vineyard New French Oak and barrel fermented for eight months.
Since 1901 Cal Poly has been committed to educational excellence and a "learn by doing" philosophy. We are proud to present this premier wine, representing a collaborative effort by viticulture, enology, and wine business students in the Cal Poly Wine and Viticulture Department. The rich character of this wine reflects Cal Poly's commitment to excellence and the exceptional growing conditions of San Luis Obispo, California.