Midnight Cellars Winery was founded by the Hartenberger family in May 1995. It was a vacation the family shared in Northern California wine country that inspired the Hartenberger’s to venture into the wine business. The family members all sold their Chicago homes and journeyed to Paso Robles where they started their Midnight Cellars Vineyards vision. Midnight Cellars is home to 28 planted acres in Paso growing quality, low-yield, sustainably farmed Bordeaux grapes as well as Zinfandel and Chardonnay according to our Midnight Cellars wine reviews. However of all the Midnight Cellars wines produced the most heralded by consumers and critics alike are their big Merlots and their “Paso Roblan” blends. With a production of approximately 7,000 cases annually, the 160 acre Midnight Cellars ranch in the western hills of Paso is home to three generations of Hartenbergers. To learn more about these wines be sure to check out our Midnight Cellars wine ratings below.
Fifty-fifty Zin and Syrah, this is classic Paso Robles rustic-chic red wine. It’s dry and soft in acidity, with a slightly rough mouthfeel framing intensely ripe berry, cherry and tobacco fruit. If the flavor was more concentrated, the score would rise dramatically.
This 50-50 blend of Syrah and Zinfandel is quite successful. It’s a full-bodied, lusty wine, dark and dry, whose considerable tannins frame flavors of blackberries, blueberries, leather, sweet currants, black pepper, Chinese Five Spice and cedar. A creative and likeable wine.
Melon, peach and vanilla aromas lead to a refreshingly fruity wine in the mouth. The flavor is peach, and creamy soft. It’s a little earthy on the finish, with a trace of orange-rind bitterness.
There's lots to like in this rustic but pretty wine, infused with blackberry and cassis aromas and flavors. Softly fruity in the mouth, the finish picks up the ample tannins. Try it with robust foods like barbecue.
Very ripe and very oaky, this is a big wine filled with the flavors of sweet summer peaches, figs, vanilla and cream. It has a little bit of residual sugar and finishes with a honeyed, custardy aftertaste.
Hard in tannins and bone dry, this Malbec needs rich beef dishes to balance out the astringency. It has a ripe heart of blackberries and currants, and is at its best now. Decant for a few hours.
This Rhône white blend is basically dry, with oak-inspired flavors of smoky, grilled pineapples and peaches on a skewer. It’s soft but crisp, as though the acidity has been added. Drink now.