Tasting Notes: HammerSky Vineyards (Paso Robles AVA)

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Over the weekend, the Flavor Team took a trip up to Paso Robles to try some new wines. 

As we continue our studies of wines around the world (we share a bit of our European Wine Class experience at Cal Poly in this article), we are learning more about Bordeaux, France. Bordeaux is famous for its Right Bank region, which features Merlot-centered blends, while the Left Bank focuses on the deep, rich Cabernet Sauvignon varietal.

HammerSky Vineyards in west Paso Robles focuses on Bordeaux varietal wines and red blends with a little California flavor.

Our tasting included both 100% varietal wines of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel (not a Bordeaux varietal) along with some interesting blends to feature the local winery and methods.

Winery: HammerSky Vineyards, www.hammersky.com
Tasting Date: August 20, 2017
Wine AVA: Paso Robles
Varietals:  Reds: Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel, and a blend with Petite Syrah.  Whites: Sparkling.

  1. Detained Sparkling
  2. Red Handed 2013
  3. Zinfandel 2012
  4. Party of Four 2013
  5. Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Off list:

  • Straight de Barrel, Red Blend 2014
HammerSky Vineyards, named after the owners’ sons Hamilton and Skyler, creates Bordeaux-focused wines in west Paso Robles.

Julianna was our tour guide through the tasting tour at the small but airy HammerSky tasting room. Here are a few of our flavor notes that stood out as we worked our way through the wine list from our different perspectives, noted by our initials (ab) and (ks).

An interesting feature that HammerSky offers is its Infinity Glass program. You buy a glass of wine and keep the glass. Then, each time you bring it back, you get a free tasting.

Now, on to our tasting.

“Detained” Sparkling

(ab) This is a nice light sparkling wine with hints of apple, tree fruit, and a dry finish. The bubbles were very subtle and did not add to the texture or taste. I could see a chilled bottle of this while sitting outside on the HammerSky patio while in the shade a nice way to pass the time.

(ks) I found this intriguing, as the carbonation abated pretty quickly and left me with a nice, dry white wine. We didn’t find out what grape(s) were used in making Detained, but it had a deeper yellow hue than some sparkling wines, and a pronounced taste of honey on the finish. It would be a great wine to enjoy on warm summer Paso Robles afternoon.

Party of Four 2013

Most of HammerSky’s wines are from estate-grown grapes, including this Merlot.

(ab) This wine is a blend of 35% Merlot, 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, and the remaining 30% Petite Syrah. A nice dark maroon color with hints on the nose of sweet tart and raspberry. The taste was a nice balance of red fruit and hints of oak and minerality. Neither were overpowering and added well to the overall taste.

There was a one element of the blend that really stood out, and we did not really put our finger on it until we tasted our next wine: the 100% Cabernet. Would be interesting to see what higher percentages of Cab or Merlot would bring out, as they are Bordeaux grapes. In this case, the Cab may be the delicious front runner.

(ks) As Andrew mentioned, this is a nice blend of two Bordeaux grapes with the addition of Petite Syrah. SweetTart candy jumped out at me from the glass, and the soft tannins allowed the spiced berry flavors to come through. It’s enjoyable now, being a 2013, and might even get a bit better in a year or two.

Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

(ab) We tasted Cabernet Sauvignon right after the Party of Four blend. It was quickly noted where the amazing element to that blend (from my perspective) came from this grape. The nose was amazing on this wine, with hints of black cherry and vanilla without being a too sweet smell. The taste did not disappoint with bright acidity and the same flavors of “deep” raspberry, slight minerality, and some vanilla tones.

The 2017 harvest at HammerSky promises to be a great one.

We went back to a side by side tasting with the Cabernet Sauvignon and the Party of Four and these are two delicious standouts at the Hammer Sky Winery.

(ks) This deep ruby wine started with a tantalizing black-cherry cola aroma and strong but balanced tannins and nice dark berry flavors. After we were finished tasting the flight at HammerSky, we purposely asked for revisits of this Cab alongside the Party of Four. It was there that the Cabernet stood out as the defining feature of the Party of Four.

Red Handed 2013

(ks) This 100% estate Merlot started with a medium to dark red hue in the glass with a nice nose of tart berries, like cranberry and raspberry. It had fairly high tannins but was well balanced with acidity and a nice element of minerality. I noted some leather as the wine opened up a bit. While it wasn’t my favorite, it was a good wine.

Zinfandel 2013

(ks) Another of HammerSky’s 100% estate grown wines, the Zinfandel had an incredible, smile-inducing nose.  Dark, spiced berry melded with a bit of vanilla made for a enjoyable Zin. Very flavorful and balanced and not a fruit bomb.

HammerSky’s tranquil patio, overlooking the vineyards and the historic 100+ year old farmhouse, which now serves as guest lodging.

 


The HammerSky tasting room, located along Vineyard Drive in Paso Robles, feels open, inviting, and is the perfect place to have a glass of wine and take in the rolling hills overlooking the vineyard and quaint buildings.

We encourage you to try it for yourself and let us know which wines you liked and your experiences here.

If you enjoyed this article don’t hesitate to give us a “like” and leave a comment below or on Facebook.


Winery Data Sheet: HammerSky Vineyards
AVA: Paso Robles
Founder/Current Owner: Douglas J. Hauck
Established: 2007
Why it’s special: “We pride ourselves on our Bordeaux-centric handcrafted wines and enjoy the art of creating perfect blends that appeal to the most discerning wine aficionado.”

Leave a Reply

About Great Flavors
Central Coast

Our mission: to help you create your own unique journey of exploration on the Central Coast
Our guiding light: to build the Central Coast’s most comprehensive online travel magazine and resource guide
Our passion: to foster and encourage a vibrant community of others who believe in living a life filled with great flavors

Recent Posts

Follow Us

📸 Instagram

16

0

It’s Sausage Pizza Day! 🍕 If you haven't tried the pillowy light Napoletana pizzas at Flour House in downtown San Luis Obispo, we'll warn you -- they're swoon-worthy (the gluten-free one, too). We loved learning how Gessica and Alberto brought this authentic pizza (and imported oven) to SLO. See feature story link in Bio! ...⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #sausagepizzaday #napoletanapizza #pizza #sanluisobisop #slo #shareslo #downtownslo #pizzaofinstagram

14

2

Amazing views emerging from the perfect swim 🏊‍♂️ 🌅

17

3

Art is storytelling. Last night we enjoyed seeing the vision Becky from @clair_images had in her waterscape series, as well as listen to some of her stories behind the photos. The photos began to take on new meaning and depth to bring them to life. 🌊 If you have the chance check out Becky’s art at the @banthonyjewelers you to check downtown SLO when you are downtown while you can.

14

2

🍪 Grab the milk cuz it's Homemade Cookie Day! Here's one of our favorite local cookie bakers - @350_cookie_company ! They handmake a bunch of fun and yummy cookies. Dang, now we're hungry 👩‍🚀 What's your favorite cookie? For goodness bakes read the full story 🍪👇 🍪👉 Link in Bio 📷 @sas001 🎥 @greatflavors 🎶 Game Face, Jumbo ... . . . . . . . #foodpic #dinner #lunch #foodlover #foodblogger #dessert #foodies #foodblog #nomnom #foodie #foodlover #tasty #cookies #smores #90scartoons #90svideogames #videogames #slo #sanluisobispo #arroyogrande #pismobeach #atascadero #pasorobles #morrobay #grover #bakedgoods

11

1

It's Coffee Day! ☕ And that calls for great coffee and one of the best places we know is @8575perfettocaffe near Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach. Their Italian coffee is sooo good. Black. To allow the rich flavors to shine. What's your favorite cuppa to celebrate Coffee Day? ⠀ 📰 Fun feature article: Link in Bio! ⠀ ⠀ ...⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #coffeeday #italiancoffee #coffee #arroyogrande #groverbeach

10

0

🔥🍣 Add a little fire and fun for those special occasions. ⠀ Fun with friends at Yanagi Sushi in Pismo ⠀ ...⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #pismobeach #habachi #japanesefood #slocounty #centralcoast

23

4

🍨 Can't think of a better way to start the week off! ⠀ What's your flavor?⠀ ⠀ 🐘 Animal style from @nitecreamery SLO⠀ ⠀ ⠀ ...⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #slo #sanluisobispo #icecream#nitroicecream #machaicecream ⠀ #foodpic #dinner #lunch #foodlover #foodblogger #dessert #healthyfood#foodies #chef #foodblog #nomnom#fresh #foodie #foodlover #tasty

26

1

Nothing better than a nice walk on Pismo Beach. Here is a view at the end of the day right under the Pismo Pier. 🏄‍♂️🌞🌊☺⠀ ...⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #pismobeach #california #beach #summer #ocean #roadtrip #westcoast #beachvibes #beachin #sandcloud #savethefishies #805 #california⠀ #Highway1 #visitslo #calpolyslo #sanluisobispo #beautifuldestinations #california #centralcoast #calpoly #californiacoast #happy #beachtowns #summertravel #instatravel #calitravel #travelgram #california #surfing

21

1

Cider-flavored education with a backdrop of fun, music, and food. 🍎 That’s what the fourth annual Central Coast Cider Festival was all about. 🍻 Here’s a look at the CCCF 2019 edition, held August 10-11 in Atascadero. Cheers! ⠀ ... 🍏🍎🍏🍎🍏🍎🍏 Feature in in Bio . . . . . . . #cider #hardcider #glutenfree #atascadero #centralcoast #localcider #ciderbrunch

22

1

🍎 Arkansas Black or Gravenstein? 🍏 Just like with wine made from single varietal grapes, using single varietal apples leads to distinctive ciders. At today’s @ccciderfestival Brunch Seminar, cider afficionados got to taste the difference between different apples as well as the same apple from different orchards and from the approach of different cidermakers. Thanks to Neil Collins with @bristolsciderhouse , Morgan Murphy with @twobroadscider , Connor Meznarich with @jeanmariecidery , and Jake Lukehart-Smith with @gopherglenapples for sharing insights — and it’s evident how much these cidermakers are enjoying blazing the cider trail in California. And thanks to Darlene Hays with @cidercraftmag for emceeing.

19

0

☮ Love Child, 👦 Mama's Boy, 🍏 Sunday Brunch, 🐝 Bee Hoppy are some of Jean Marie Cidery's fun and delicious creations. Find out more about the past, present, and future of these two in preparation for the upcoming Central Coast Cider festival this weekend.⠀ 📰 Feature article link in BIO (don't worry, be hoppy 🐝)⠀ ⠀ 📷 Taken at last years tap take over event. (Left to Right) Neil Collins and Weston Hartley from @bristolsciderhouse, Connor Meznarich from @jeanmariecidery

20

0

Two Broads Ciderworks is making a name as a fresh and innovative hard cider producer in San Luis Obispo. In preparation for the Central Coast Cider Festival (coming up August 10), come hear what the past, present and future hold for this up-and-coming brand.⠀ 📰 Feature article link in BIO (An apple a day...)⠀ ⠀ 🍻 Get to taste the ciders behind @twobroadscider as well as a number of other cider makers at the @ccciderfestivalthis weekend 8/10. See you there.