Paso Robles’ Hope Family Wines announced the expansion of its Liberty School label, with two new bottlings: Liberty School Pinot Noir (SRP $20) and Liberty School Merlot (SRP $16). The 2012 Pinot Noir and 2011 Merlot will initially be primarily distributed to on-premise accounts, building the brand the way the Liberty School Cabernet Sauvignon was built over the past two decades.
The extension into Pinot Noir and Merlot marks a natural progression for Liberty School, which produced its first Cabernet Sauvignon in 1975. The Hope family added a Chardonnay to the brand in 1997.
“We believe that wine has a place on the table for dinner every night, and Liberty School now offers a great lineup of value-priced wines to accompany any meal,” says Austin Hope, president for Hope Family Wines, which also makes Treana, Troublemaker, Candor, and Austin Hope wines. “Over the course of almost 40 years people have come to trust Liberty School for making the best value-priced Cabernet Sauvignon in America, and we hope to earn this same reputation with the other classic varieties.”
Hope Family Wines has been scouting Pinot Noir and Merlot vineyards for years, with the goal of finding sites that grow fruit capable of producing high-quality, value-priced wines that are varietally-true. Liberty School Pinot Noir is grown in three diverse microclimates of the Central Coast, including the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey, cooler areas of Paso Robles, and Paicines in San Benito County, one of the oldest growing areas in California. The majority of Liberty School Merlot comes from vineyards located in the El Pomar District of Paso Robles, with the remainder coming from cooler sites in Santa Barbara County.
About Hope Family Wines
Hope Family Wines is a family-owned and operated winery in Paso Robles, CA, encompassing five brands: Liberty School, Treana, Candor, Austin Hope and Troublemaker wines. The Hope family arrived in Paso Robles in 1978 and began planting wine grapes. Over time it became clear to the Hopes that Paso Robles was capable of producing world-class wines. They were among a handful of pioneering families who helped to shape and gain recognition for this distinctive winegrowing region. After growing grapes and developing vineyards throughout the eighties and early nineties, they began producing estate wines under the Hope Farms label. The Hopes established Treana Winery in 1996, to focus on regional blends from Paso Robles and the Central Coast. This same year, they incorporated Liberty School into their winery. In 2008, Hope Family Wines became an umbrella moniker to encompass the brands, which now includes Austin Hope, Candor and Troublemaker wines. To learn more, go to www.hopefamilywines.com.