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Wine Tasting
    of cabernet sauvignon. With the success of that crop Frankel began
to envision the possibility of having an estate winery complete
with tasting room. In 1997 the vineyard was expanded with plantings of zinfandel and merlot.
Dr. Fran-
kel continued
his medical
practice and, in 2002, joined with other doctors to form “His Heal- ing Hands,” a medical missionary foundation that sends medical practitioners all over the world to care for under-privileged people. A portion of all wine sales is do- nated to this worthy organization.
Vision becomes a reality
In 2006 the Frankels began work on a tasting room and win- ery. Art, and in particular sculp- ture, has been a love Dr. Frankel has held onto since traveling in Europe as a student.
While in Oslo, Norway he found Frogner Park with its life collection of sculptor Gustav Vigeland. Frankel’s vision was to create a similar park-like setting complete with sculptures for the winery. He proposed this idea to sculptor John Jagger who agreed with the vision of a sculpture garden at the winery and the
work began. By 2007 the winery was open for busi- ness.
The vineyard is situated on
Linne Road
and consists of valley floor and hilltops. Soils
range from limestone along the ridgeline to clay loam mixed with gravel beds in the lowland. Clas- sic cabernet sauvignon has turned out to be the main varietal for the business but the vineyard also contains merlot, zinfandel, petite sirah, mourvedre, cabernet franc, and viognier. Vines are hand- pruned, and grapes are hand- picked. The fruit juice is stored and aged in American, French and Hungarian oak barrels for 12 to 18 months. All of these factors come into play in producing wines that are fruit forward, rich, and full-bodied.
The Sculpterra Winery tasting room, located at 5015 Linne Road in Paso Robles, is open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, visit sculpterra.com or call
(805) 226-8881.
– Ruth Ann Angus
      OPEN THURSDAY - MONDAY
11AM - 5PM
COMPLIMENTARY TASTING WITH AD
4295 Union Road, Paso Robles, CA
(805) 237-8884
www.riosecowine.com
 Come as a friend, leave as family.
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