Project Description





6404 Independence Ranch Place
San Miguel, 93451



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Tasting Fee
Reserve a complimentary, private tasting with winemaker, Dave Nagengast


Winner of THREE Best of Class of Region Awards at the 2015 California State Fair, including 98 Points for their 2011 Syrah, also awarded best in the entire state, 94 Points for their 2011 Malbec and 94 Points for their 2011 Tempranillo.

Taste why Robert Parker, Jr. calls their 2006 Syrah, “delicious and sexy” and why the 2006 Reserve Meritage was awarded 94 points, a Gold Medal, and Best of Class of Region at the California State Fair. Their 2011 Independence Red Bordeaux Blend was awarded BEST OF CLASS at the prestigious 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and their 2013 Chardonnay was just rated 94 Points and awarded a Platinum Medal at the 2015 San Diego Wine Competition. They also were awarded NINE Medals at the previous year’s San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, including DOUBLE GOLD for their Malbec and 4 GOLDs for Tempranillo, Chardonnay, Syrah and Bordeaux Blend. They were also awarded TWO Best of Class designations at the 2011 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition for their estate-grown Malbec and their Independence Red, Bordeaux Blend.

The next time that they are open to the public is during the Zin Fest Weekend March 17-19, 2017 from 12 to 4 p.m. All tastings are complimentary and pets are welcome too. They are only open 7 weekends per year so this is a great weekend to visit without having to make an appointment. Cinquain Cellars is one of Paso’s best kept secrets – don’t miss this one!

About Cinquain Cellars

You’re invited to taste the poetry created from 100% estate-grown Bordeaux, Rhone and Port varieties. Located just minutes off Highway 46 East, you can reserve your complimentary, private tasting in the barrel room and among the vines with winemaker and owner, David Nagengast.

About the Vineyard

The 14-acre Nagengast Estate Vineyard overlooks Hog Canyon and the Estrella River basin and was planted in 2002 with nine varieties. These include the traditional Bordeaux varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Also, planted are two clones of Syrah, clones 174 and 877, which produce a Rhône style wine. Lastly, there are three classic Port varieties, Tinta Cao, Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca.

About the Wines

All of the red wines are destemmed without crushing, fermented in small lots of 1.5 tons, punched down by hand three times a day, and left on the skins for an average of three weeks. This delicate maceration allows us to slowly extract the color and flavor of the grape, without over extraction of harsh phenolic compounds. The fermented grapes are then gently pressed in a small wooden basket press to draw off only the finest of the fermented juice. This juice is then put into a selected mixture of 225 liter to 500 liter, French, American and Hungarian oak barrels. The wines are left to mature for at least 16 months for appropriate aging. They are racked prior to bottling and bottled without any fining or filtration.

The flagship wine is the Reserve Meritage, which inspired the name Cinquain Cellars. Because this wine is a beautiful blend of five Bordeaux varieties, it was referred to as pure poetry, a cinquain in a bottle and so it goes. It is made from 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 23% Malbec, 17% Petit Verdot, 15% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc.

Other 100% estate grown reds include a varietal Merlot, a varietal Syrah, along with a Cabernet-Syrah blend, and Cabernet Sauvignon dominant blend with Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc.

The dessert wine is harvested late in the season, fermented slowly and fortified to 19% alcohol to arrest the fermentation at approximately 8% residual sugar. The wine is stored in neutral oak barrels and bottled after 12 months. This produces a rich, dark red, concentrated, fruit forward wine that finishes any meal with an unforgettable treat.

To complement the reds, Chardonnay was sourced from Riverview Vineyard located below the Pinnacles in Monterey County, along with a Sauvignon Blanc from Baja Viento Vineyard in the Arroyo Seco sub-appellation of Monterey.

About the Dream

The owner and winemaker, David Nagengast, graduated from the Fresno State University Enology program in 1985 with the dream of someday having his own vineyard and winery.

In 2000, the search for the perfect site culminated in the purchase of a small hillside property, overlooking Hog Canyon and the Estrella River basin from 1,000-ft elevation, in the Northeast area of the Paso Robles Appellation.

In 2002, the 14-acre vineyard was planted with nine varieties.

In 2007, the winery construction was completed.

And now, after 23 years of making wines professionally for a variety of small and medium sized wineries in Santa Cruz Mountains, Santa Clara County, and Oregon, the culmination of this dream is evident with the establishment of Nagengast Estate Vineyard, Cinquain Cellars and the availability of the 2006 vintage.

The couple live in San Miguel and have three grown sons. David can be reached at and Beth at


Cinquain Cellars


Vineyard Description
13.00 acres

Varietals Grown

Cabernet Franc 0.50
Cabernet Sauvignon 5.00
Malbec 0.50
Merlot 2.50
Petit Verdot 0.50
Syrah 3.00
Tinta Cão 0.30
Touriga Nacional 0.70