November 16, 2020

Vineyard Vitals

Jim & Maribeth purchased their property 24 years ago in Paso Robles Wine Country. The vineyard today still consists of these plantings: Merlot, Syrah, Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Zinfandel. Seven years ago Jimmy added Malbec and Petite Sirah for a total of seven planted varietals across 36 acres. All in great standing and health.

Rain came our way thanks to a much needed Miracle March in San Luis Obispo County. The lack of moisture in February drove most of California into the Abnormally Dry category. Nevertheless, another wet weather system favored us and saved our rainfall season. Jim got to work composting the vineyard before March. Organic manure matter takes about 3-4 months to make. The soil was aerated and covered just in time for the rain.

2020 Harvest is officially underway in Paso Robles. Thankfully, the smoke from fires in Monterey County have not been a factor in terms of “smoke taint.” The haze shielded the region from sun and (in a weird way) helped keep things a cooler during a near record high.

2016 Estate Malbec – Club Only

The center is a very dark, high-density garnet while the edge is the characteristically bright fuchsia of Malbec. The nose is very fragrant with the hot Paso climate showing through, producing notes of molasses, potpourri, plum compote, bramble, and sandalwood. It’s extremely jammy on the palate with huge fruit notes blackberry and boysenberry. There are date and fig preserves as well with cherry fruit leather.  

2016 Estate Petite Sirah – Club Only   

Sweet and spice and everything nice on the nose, with aromas of blackberry, baked apple, spice box, baker’s chocolate, leather, and cigar box. Juicy and bright on the palate, with flavors of tart cherry, young blackberry, Bing cherry, soft spice, red candy apple, supple leather and black pepper.               

2014 Sangiovese – Club Only –  LIMIT 3 BOTTLES

This limited vintage of Sangiovese was carefully aged up to 54 months in French and American Oak. It pays tribute to the growers from the Hidden Valley Vineyards. It comes across fresh, alert, and snappy for being so dark and intense with fat ripe blackberry flavors. It finishes with subtle hints of minty oak and licorice with a comfortable fade of graphite.

2016 Robles Rojos – Club Only

 A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc.  This wine is sweet and rich on the nose, with mixed berry compote of blueberry, blackberry, and mulberry, chocolate covered cherry, Santa Rosa plum, grilled mission fig, spice, black tea, cedar and toasty cedar.  Juicy flavors explode onto the palate, with fruits in the lead. Blackberry, black cherry, Alpine strawberry, plum, grilled fig, mixed dark spice, darkly toasted oak, subtle tobacco leaf and smoky blueberry.


Striker & Sophie 

We found Sophie her playmate in August! His name is Striker. After a 61 day gestation period, Sophie birthed seven beautiful and healthy puppies. Five boys and two girls. Sorry, all the puppies have been spoken for… but be sure to come visit the little daughter we are keeping. We are thinking Annie or Remy…

Restoration Project – Class of 1969

Jimmy still has this old beauty, his Ol’ Massie Girl. She’s a 1969 Massie Ferguson, 165 tractor, bought brand new by Jimmy’s father. It wasn’t the first tractor he drove, but the second, and at the very young age of 12 years old. Jimmy: “It was better than the 1st one because now we had powered steering, breaks, clutch AND more horse power.”

Jim Jacobsen & his father Stanley Jacobsen

Jim’s family has been farming for over 100 years! His grandfather, Jacob Jacobsen immigrated to America in the early 1900s and began grape farming in the San Joaquin Valley. Jim’s father, Stanley pioneered in HIS father’s footsteps to farm grapes and tree fruit. Stanley served as Fresno County Farm Bureau’s President for two terms in 1974-76. Stanley and Jim were one of the first families to embrace mechanical grape harvesting in the 70s and also worked in custom cotton harvesting.

 Cheers to California Family Farmers! 🍷

Parties, Festivals, Events, & More…

We didn’t get to do much celebrating this year at the vineyard estate but look out for next year! Live music, amazing wines, great company, and gorgeous vineyard sunset views!  Don’t forget Jimmy’s vineyard hayrides!

Vineyard Hayride Tours

A classic Doce Robles experience is, first and foremost, laid-back. With our tucked away country setting overlooking the vineyards, our estate is known for being relaxing and inviting. Tour with winemaker Jim Jacobsen and learn about his wines’ and vines’ behind the scenes. Hayride Package includes: vineyard hayride, full wine tasting flight, additional glass of wine, and a picnic pack. Call the tasting room to reserve a hayride today!

Weddings and Special Events

A true hidden gem… family owned and operated. Create memorable weddings and awesome events on our winery – vineyard estate. Our small hidden hill, embraced with a cypress tree grove entrance, is a lovely location that features 360° vineyard views. The patio space provides a flagstone floor, lawn area, and tin-roof stage. Call our Tasting Room for details.

Holiday Deals – Winter 2020

Let us do the shopping! We will be releasing our holiday deals soon featuring 3, 6, and 12 bottle packages with discounted or free shipping. For personal consumption or gift to a loved one. Plenty to celebrate in welcoming the beginning of the end, to an exceptionally long, taxing, year. Our biggest thank you to all our Doce Robles wine enthusiasts and their business during this year to forget, which will not be forgotten.