Paso Robles-based Hayseed and Housdon literally pours its wines in a garage on a downtown street here. Sourcing fruit locally and from Edna Valley, we tasted two of the winery’s recent releases. The donates a whopping 50% of its profits to local, SLO-based nonprofits, so hats off for some serious altruism from H&H.
Oh yeah, let’s taste some wines.
2018 Hayseed and Housdon The 4:19 to Paso Grenache Rose – This grenache rose (with 3% albarino and 2% tempranillo) is designed in the Provencal style, and its expressive fruit and light floral touches feels like it would be right at home in Nice. The fruit ranges from apricot to strawberry and back again, a modest sweetness giving it the slightest of dessert-like characters, with hints of creme brulee and banana custard. A- / $26
2016 Hayseed and Housdon Warrior – A surprising blend of 70% cabernet sauvignon and 30% petite sirah, all from Paso Robles. Big and chewy, there’s a beefy element here that finds an ample foil in the form of extracted blackberry and blueberry notes. Boldly chocolaty, cab-heavy notes of currants emerge toward the end of the experience, giving this incredibly rich wine a chocolate-covered cherry quality that’s a delight to savor. A- / $42