Whalebone is situated atop a hill overlooking the rolling hills of western Paso Robles. It is a stunning area, and before you enter the tasting room, the view takes your breath away.
The wines of Whalebone are mostly reds, however, we did try an interesting Rhone style white blend of Grenache Blanc, Viognier and Roussane. The red wines are Cabernet dominated and include two 100% Cabs (all estate wines, one of which is a reserve). The Bob wine which is a Cab driven Bordeaux blend, has won multiple awards, and was one of the reasons for our visit. The wines ranged in price from $30 for the white and the Bob blend, to $45 for the reserve Cab.
This is a very small production winery with no distribution so you definitely get to try unique, hand crafted wines on your visit. If I were to go again, I would bring a picnic and enjoy the wines while I allowed myself to get lost in the view.
Downsides? The winery is in the northwest corner of Paso wine country so it is a bit of a trek to get to Whalebone, but there are other great places nearby to make the visit worthwhile.
Rating: 3 out of 4 – recommend