Old Union

Ever since the first vintage in 2009, our farming has focused within the Paso Robles Adelaida District AVA.  We farm Old Union a few miles to the south in the Willow Creek District.  Both have steep oak-covered hills with limestone-rich calcareous soils.

For some time, we've wanted to produce same vintage Cabernets from Adelaida District  (think Cardinal and LPF) and Willow Creek.  To compare and contrast.  To explore differences in terroir.  With Old Union's 2017 debut, we fulfill this desire.

Why the name, Old Union?  It combines the ideas of long-standing friendship and geography.  The Madsen and Achaval families, stewards of The Farm Winery, have been friends since 1987 when our oldest children were just 1 and 2 years old.  Now, we have grandchildren!  Likewise, the AVA's, Adelaida and Willow Creek, are closely linked through history as well.

Vintage 2017 winemaker's notes

102 Cases produced.  100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Old Union is a new wine for The Farm Winery.  Born of the fascination with an incomparable Willow Creek vineyard.  Where the flavors demanded an identity in wine.

A bright nose, intense and demanding.  Vibrant, intriguing.  With a backfolded structure of ripe fruit and sense of place.  A mouthfeel of deep velvet coats the palate.  A sensation of grip, mix of tannin and minerality keeps the fruit alive almost forever.  I am so enthusiastic about this wine!  Cardinal has a companion.  Another Cabernet that is a reflection of its vineyard.

Old Union at veraison...


Vintage 2017 review

All Cabernet Sauvignon, the deep purple-colored 2017 Old Union has a ripe, powerful bouquet of roasted herbs, tobacco, chocolate, blackburrants, and cassis.  Showing more violets and sappy flower notes with time in the glass, it's full-bodied and has background oak, a great mid-palate, and the class to evolve for two decades. Drink 2024 through 2041.
95 points;  Jeb Dunnuck  September 2020

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