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October 12, 2021 | Douglas Ayres

2021 Fall Club Allocation Tasting Notes

2021 Fall Wines



Allegretto Vineyard – Paso Robles


AROMA Elderflower, preserved orange peel and rose petal

FLAVOR Marmalade, vibrant rhubarb and touch of watermelon, finishing with complex minerality

FOOD PAIRINGS Spring pea pasta with prosciutto; shrimp étouffée and gumbo


The Tannat is grown in the Allegretto Vineyard.  The grapes are harvested early to capture the bright berry character.  The grapes are then held in the press for six hours to extract the pigment from the skins, then cold fermented in stainless steel tank.


50% Chardonnay & 50% Roussanne

Allegretto Vineyard – Paso Robles


AROMA Lemon meringue, baked Granny Smith apple pie, and orange blossom

FLAVOR Apricot stone fruit and lemon zest 

FOOD PAIRINGS Roasted herbed chicken; sautéed lemon-caper halibut


The Roussanne and the Chardonnay are sourced from two wineries located in Allegretto’s Estrella District of Paso Robles.  The wine is fermented separately in neutral French barrels, and then blended two months before bottling.



Santa Lucia Highlands – Monterey


AROMA Vibrant black cherry, baked clay and hints of coffee

FLAVOR Elegant balance of black cherry with herbaceous and chocolate essence

FOOD PAIRINGS Pan roasted duck breast with onions and crispy pancetta; balsamic glazed salmon


This Pinot Noir is sourced from the cool Santa Lucia Highland District in Monterey County.  The grapes are destemmed and fermented in small open top fermenters, the wine is then aged in 30% new French oak, and 70% neutral French oak for 12 months.



Symphonic Red Wine

50% Petit Verdot, 26% Tannat, 12% Malbec, & 12% Cabernet Sauvignon

Allegretto Vineyard – Paso Robles


AROMA Pomegranate, anise, and black cherry

FLAVOR Black cherry, dried red fruit, anise, hints of lavender, mineral and white pepper finish

FOOD PAIRINGS Garlic, rosemary rack of lamb, venison with caramelized onions and mushrooms


Petit Verdot grows well in the Paso Robles area, where it develops dark fruit and anise flavors.  It is blended with the other varietals just before bottling in neutral and American oak for complexity.



Allegretto Vineyard – Paso Robles

AROMA Blackberry, cedar cigar box, and smokey cured prosciutto

FLAVOR Dried cherries and tobacco leaf, finishing with balanced tannins

FOOD PAIRINGS Herb-roasted rack of lamb; chorizo and white bean cassoulet


This Tannat is grown in the Allegretto Vineyard.  The grapes are destemmed, lightly crushed and then fermented in stainless steel tanks.  The wine is then placed into New American Oak and Neutral American Oak for 40 months.


2017 Cabernet Sauvignon

Allegretto Vineyard – Paso Robles


AROMA Savory earthy nose with allspice, and dried rose petals

FLAVOR Juicy notes of ripe black plum and wild berries, finishing with soft velvety tannins, and warm chocolate notes

FOOD PAIRINGS Grilled cilantro, fennel and chili steak; thyme and bay leaf braised short ribs


This Cabernet Sauvignon is grown in the Allegretto Vineyard.  The grapes are destemmed, lightly crushed, and then fermented in stainless steel tanks for 10 days.  After fermentation, the wine is placed in new and neutral French Oak barrels.


2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

Willow Creek Vineyard – Paso Robles


AROMA Red currant, cassis, and dark spices

FLAVOR Seamless flavors across the palette of cassis, black currant, plum, and silky exotic vanilla.  Finishes with bright fruit and acidity.

FOOD PAIRINGS Beef tenderloin with blackberry dressing; grilled Balsamic Portabella mushrooms


This Cabernet Sauvignon comes from our vineyard in the world-famous Willow Creek District on the westside of Paso Robles.  40% of the grapes are destemmed, with 60% of the grapes kept as whole clusters for crushing.  The wine is fermented in small open top tanks for up to 3 weeks. The wine is then placed in primarily new French Oak barrels for aging.



Membership Benefits


Be sure to take advantage of all your Member benefits! 

  • 4 complimentary tastings during your visit
  • Bring a bottle of your favorite Allegretto Wine on your next visit to Cello Ristorante and Bar, and enjoy no corkage fees!
  • Special guest rate for rooms at the resort. Use promotional code “ALLS” at or call 805-369-2500 ext. 0 to redeem your Membership rate. * 2-night minimum on weekends. Subject to availability, black-out dates may apply. Not redeemable for cash. Cannot be combined with other offers. Does not apply to reservations on the books.

Vineyard Tours


Tours of the Allegretto Vineyard are available Friday, Saturday & Sunday mornings by reservation. The walking tour of the vineyard takes 30 minutes and ends with a tasting in the Allegretto Wines Resort Tasting Room. Space is limited, please call to make a reservation 805-369-2526. Vineyard Tours cannot be booked through the website.

Complimentary for Members (2 people)

$45 per Person

$30 per Resort Guest


Winter Hours


Come taste with us! You can now book your reservation directly through our website on the Visit Us page. Our winter hours begin on November 8th. We hope to see you soon!

11:00 am - 5:00 pm


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