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Ecluse Wines

1520 Kiler Canyon Rd.
Paso Robles, CA 93446
(805) 238-4999

Tasting:   Friday-Sunday, 11am-4pm
  Beautiful Hillside Location at Lock Vineyards
Price Range:   $28 to $42 per bottle
Established:   1998
Vineyards:   28 acres
  2500 cases
VIP Tasting:   Yes
Winery Dog:   Kyler, Toby & PollyAnna

Ecluse Wines Description

Ecluse is a small, boutique winery of Lock Vineyards, the creation of Steve and Pam Lock, known for producing some of Paso Robles most sought-after grapes. They are dedicated to producing small, limited production, hand-crafted, award winning wines.

In 1997 they purchased 30 acres of gently rolling hillside terrain on the much desired Westside of the Paso Robles AVA. The philosophy from the beginning was that great fruit makes great wine and each of the vintages have only validated our theory.

See video at VineStories

The grapes are carefully tended and gently hand harvested at their optimal peak and fermented in small open topped bins. The wines are then aged in French, American and Hungarian oak for 18 months then bottled and aged for an additional 6 months before release.

No fancy tasting room here--you taste right in the winery, up close and personal with the owners. Taste their Syrah, Cabernet, Zinfandel and the Rhone blends. Call for an appointment and a wonderful wine tasting experience.

Ecluse Wines Features

Ambiance Types of Wine Amenities
Off the Beaten Path
Family Run
Country Charm
Casual & Relaxed
Dog Friendly
Cabernet Sauvignon
Port or Dessert Wines
Estate Grown Wines
Petite Sirah
Barrel Sampling
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Ecluse Wines Reviews

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Eagle12, Chicago
After tasting the Ecluse Syrah at dinner we decided to stop by the tasting room on Sunday of Harvest weekend. The staff consisted of Steve Lock so the knowledge and friendliness was there. Each wine we tasted was very good and we all felt the Syrah was outstanding. If the barrel tastings Steve provided us are any indication of what the future holds, I am glad I joined the wine club. 3 of 4 in our group felt this was the best wine of the 18 local wineries we visited.I did not feel the wine was overpriced, we drank a couple popular local offerings with Friday nights dinner and the Ecluse Syrah was hands down the best we tasted. I hope the quality continues and if you appreciate a good Syrah stop in and give it a whirl. I would return on my next visit.

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Mark Matthess
matthess, Cardiff
This small boutique winery just open their own wine tasting room and while modest, it boats of so much charm due to the friendly proprietors Steve and Pam Lock. You feel like family after sitting down and sampling their wines and this is where it gets even better. Never have I been to a winery and have fallen in love with every wine they produce. Not just one or two, but all six with another one on the way. Their benchmark Syrah was a gold medal winner at the San Francisco Wine Competition in 2008. This like all their wines is one to nose first. The overtones of chocolate and layers of fruit and spice. This ranks up there with some of the best I have ever had. But if you enjoy some of Paso Robles beautiful Rhone blends, Ecluse makes two called, Rendition and Ensemble and both to die for. I prefer the Rendition due to 59% Syrah followed by Grenache and Mourvedre. I am not a huge everyday Cab lover but they make one that is converting me. Most Cabs this intense require a good meaty meal to back it up, not this one. Beautiful aromas of blackberry, coffee and chocolate with balanced tannins makes a rich and smooth wine one could drink everyday with no meaty meal required. For the Zin lovers, all I can say is WOW. These folks hit a home run. They make a Zin just like I ordered it, fruit forward and jammy with strong notes of balckberries just like the west side of Paso Robles is famous for. Pam Lock said this wine always gets sold out quickly with only 98 cases produced. And for the white wine lovers, try their Prelude. This is another Rhone blend that is a great alternative to Chardonnay. Another home run with Viognier, Roussanne, Grenache Blanc and Marsanne with floral notes of honey and fruit and incredibly smooth. Again it goes fast with only 98 cases produced. This small winery were growers for years and their grapes were going into some of the best wines coming out of Paso, but not now. They jumped on the band wagon and now have total control over their production. I love the name Ecluse and found out from Steve Lock their name in French is Ecluse, like the locks that control the canals over there. Congratulations to this winery and to Steve and Pam Lock, I thought every one of their wines were gold medal winners.

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