Fulldraw is our vineyard and our home. It is where we have staked our lives, the place from which we carve out our livelihood. By sharing its wines with those we know and hope to know, our intent is to inspire community, enhance people's lives, and create memories that give meaning to the time we spend together.
— Connor & Rebecca McMahon
2016 | 93% Syrah 7% MourvedreOur site poses many challenges to growing vines - especially for our Syrah. Just when we think set looks good, strong winds attack the hilltop vines and shatter the clusters bringing our total tonnage to less than two tons per acre. However, the resulting fruit is power packed with concentrated flavor, inky color, and an integrated chalky tannic structure. Canopy management is crucial to developing flavor and ripening our Mourvedre since the vines don't like to grow. The clusters are treated with the same care and attention as our Grenache. The fruit adds earthy complexity to the pallet while heightening the nose. Using 85 percent new oak from French cooperages, we know the intensity of the destemmed fruit in this wine can handle the oak influence and greatly benefits from it.
2016 | 100% GrenacheGrenache is an easy varietal to grow however it requires a lot of care and attention. The large clusters are hand manicured at least twice per growing season in order to make sure the fruit is concentrated in flavor and texture. The canopy is carefully managed to encourage color and tannin accumulation. In order to show the beauty, balance, and purity of fruit that our site has to offer, the fruit is largely destemmed and fermented in stainless, then aged in neutral barrels to limit oak influence. The resulting wine is bright and balanced with strong structure.
2016 | 46% Syrah 28% Grenache 26% MourvedreAt Fulldraw, we meticulously pick, process, and ferment each varietal separately. By doing so, this allows us to blend an impeccably balanced wine among all three varietals each contributing something unique and special to the resulting blend. We are always surprised at how easily this blend comes together. This wine is a great representation of what the site contributes to all the varietals in one bottle—intense aromatics, bright lengthy finish, and finessed tannins.
Fulldraw began in 2012 when Connor McMahon jumped on the opportunity to acquire a 100-acre vineyard site in the Templeton Gap of west side Paso Robles. With six years of winemaking and farming experience at adjacent property, Booker Vineyard, he understood that with its limestone soils and cooling maritime influences, this was a place where the Rhone varieties he loved would thrive. Connor works closely with crew members following organic farming practices in order to best take advantage of the site's demanding soil and extreme exposures. Fulldraw aims to create a sustainable and healthy environment for each and every vine in order for the resulting fruit to translate into beautifully balanced wines that fully express the unique place that is their home.
The adventure begins! We're excited to share the inaugural release of Fulldraw wines. We exercised patience on your behalf, holding onto the wines a bit longer as we feel they will benefit from a little extra bottle age prior to release. We're eager to get the 2016 vintage in your cellar! To be notified of our offering and receive updates and information about the upcoming release, please join our allocation list.