This important estate in Paso Robles, a joint venture between the Perrin family of Châteauneuf du Pape and their long-time importer, Robert Haas, planted its vineyards in the 1990s with clonal selections taken from the southern Rhone Valley. The organically farmed, 120 acre plot contains all the usual suspects: Mourvedre, Syrah, and Grenache, plus Roussanne, Marsanne, and Viognier. But the Rhone similarities don't stop there, winemaker Neil Collins blends varietals instead of bottling them individually -- a la Châteauneuf -- to achieve more complex and better balanced wines. The top tier red and white wines are even named Espirit de Beaucastel, after the Perrin family estate. Don't be fooled, though, these wines still possess plenty of originality. They offer the breadth, complexity of soil character, classic dryness and suavity of the best French wines while delivering the sweetness of fruit made possible only by California sunshine.