The Burgundian varietals of Adelaida’s vineyard (HMR) were planted in 1963 by Dr. Hoffman, a cardiologist from UCLA. His Pinot Noir came in 3rd place (behind D.R.C.) in an international French competition in 1977. The property has carried the reputation of making top notch Pinot Noir ever since.
There are now 145 estate acres planted, which includes the historic HMR vineyard. The winery specializes in Rhone varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay. The winemaker, Terry Culton, likes to have minimal new-oak influence in his wines and emphasizes a consistent approach to wine making that produces quality wines that age well.
The 2003 Viking Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was made from grapes grown at an elevation of 1,700 feet above sea level. The geology of this vineyard is comprised of calcareous topsoil over limestone subsoil.
Adelaida’s 2004 Roussanne was made from grapes sourced from the nearby Tablas Creek Vineyard. These vines were imported from the Chateauneuf-du-Pape AC in the Southern Rhone Valley. Only 135 cases were produced of this unfined and unfiltered wine.
The 2004 Glenrose Vineyard Viognier is a beautiful wine that has enough acidity to balance the Viognier grape’s naturally voluptuous texture. It has flavors of apples and melon blended with distinctive minerality.