2010 Mercury Rising Blanc, Paso Robles  

This crisp white nearly overwhelms with a powerful nose of honeydew melon, peach, green apple and lime blossoms. The refreshingly tart palate has a strong element of lime and orange zest with notes of gooseberry and kiwi and the barest trace of raw almond on the lengthy finish.


Mercury Rising Blanc is the proprietary name of Cinnabar’s stylish white wine blend. Starting with flavorful fruit from exceptional vineyards, we aim to produce a crisp, enchanting wine that is free from the dominance of toasted oak barrels or the restraint of malolactic fermentation. The style is characteristic of traditional Bordeaux white blends: low alcohol by volume, bright acidity, and outstanding complexity.

In 2010, three vineyards from the East side of Paso Robles contributed sauvignon blanc, picpoul blanc and grenache blanc. All three plantings have well-drained sandy soils, very warm days, and cool nights. The sandy soils help control vigor, enabling vines to focus their photosynthetic energy on generating small flavorful clusters. The high daytime temperatures ripen the grapes quickly to promote an early harvest that maximizes flavor development and acidity without the encumbrance of over-ripe fruit.

This wine features the Musqué clone of sauvignon blanc, an extraordinary mutation that is known for its highly aromatic qualities and the absence of grassy, herbal characteristics found in other sauvignon blanc grapes.

Growing Season

Vintage 2010 produced an average size crop with full flavors and ideal acidity, but the cool year had winemakers wondering if grapes would ever ripen. Heavy rain in January and February was followed by a cold, wet March that delayed budbreak, bloom and berry set. April and May were drier, but the ripening curve remained flat under cool conditions. June, July and August saw persistent morning fog burning off to warmer afternoons. The coolness finally broke with a heat spike in late August followed by two more in September. Many vineyards were picked after the second of three storms in October with winemakers rejoicing the quality of a delayed harvest that was nearly “washed away”.

Vintage: 2010

Mercury Rising

Winemaker: George Troquato

Appellation: Paso Robles

Paso Robles AVA

Cases Produced: 250

Release Date:
April 2011

Varietal Content:
92% sauvignon blanc, 5% picpoul blanc, 3% grenache blanc

pH: 3.45

Total Acidity:
0.73mg per 100 ml

Finished Alcohol: 13.0%