Taste Poetry

Vines planted 2002. Debut vintage 2006.
6404 Independence Ranch Place, San Miguel, CA 93451

About Cinquain

pruned, picked, and pressed,
all by hand, on our land,
we share our art form and passion,
with you.

This simple 5-line poem, called a Cinquain (pronounced sink-cane), embodies the spirit of Cinquain Cellars, from nurturing 10,000 vines on our estate vineyard, to crafting small lots of artisan wines for your pleasure and ours. We like to think of our wine as bottled poetry and hope you will agree.

If you're interested in knowing more, here you go...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 1000-ft elevation, in the Northeast area of the Paso Robles Estrella Appellation. In 2002, the 14-acre vineyard was planted with 10,000 vines including nine different Bordeaux, Rhône, and Port varieties. In 2007, the construction of their simple 1200 square-foot winery was completed. And now, after 31 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 1500 cases annually.


label The 2013 Syrah is 100% estate-grown and bottled and was aged in Hungarian oak for 30 months. You'll smell rich cola and black cherry on the nose, and the Hungarian oak gives it a beautiful, smoky-meatiness that lingers on the palate. The 2011 Syrah was awarded 98 Points and the Best Syrah in the State of California at the 2015 California State Fair. We believe this vintage is just as delicious, and we hope you agree! Enjoy now and over the next 5 to 7 years. List price is $50. 150 cases produced.

92 Points and Gold Medal, 2016 San Diego Intl. Wine Competition

Recent Awards

93 Points & Gold Medal for 2013 Reserve Malbec
2016 Central Coast Wine Competition

92 Points & Gold Medal for 2013 Syrah
2016 San Diego International Wine Competition

94 Points & Platinum Medal for 2012 Reserve Cinquain
2016 San Diego International Wine Competition

Double Gold for 2012 Lyrik
2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Gold for 2012 Reserve Malbec
2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Gold for 2009 Touriga Dessert Wine
2016 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

98 Points for 2011 Syrah & Best Syrah & Best of Class in State of California
2015 California State Fair Wine Competition

94 Points & Best of Class of Region for 2011 Malbec
2015 California State Fair Wine Competition

94 Points & Best of Class of Region for 2011 Tempranillo
2015 California State Fair Wine Competition

97 Points for 2011 Haiku Red
2015 San Francisco International Wine Competition

Best of Class for 2011 Independence Red in $20-$29 Bordeaux Blends Category
2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

94 Points & Platinum Medal for 2013 Chardonnay
2015 San Diego International Wine Competition

92 Points for 2010 Cinquain Bordeaux Blend
2014 Los Angeles International Wine Competition


Cinquain d’Elegance Vintage Trailer and Car Show
Sat, Aug 5th from 11AM to 2PM

Join us to view some beautiful trailers and cars while tasting all the new releases. If you’d like to show your trailer or car, please reply to wineclub@cinquaincellars.com to sign up. Complimentary to wine club members and unlimited guests.

"Canvas & Cabernet" Paint & Sip Party!
Sat, Aug 12th from 2PM to 4PM

Join us at the winery for the next Canvas & Cabernet Paint & Sip Party. You’ll get a blank canvas and all the supplies you need to create your own masterpiece under the instruction of our talented painting instructor! Plus, we’ll keep your glass full of Cabernet or Chardonnay and serve light refreshments - all for $40 per person. RSVP to wineclub@cinquaincellars.com

Pleasant Valley Wine Trail Winemakers’ Dinner
Sat, Aug 19 from 6PM to 9PM

Spend the evening with winemakers under the stars for a great cause August 19, 2017 from 6:00 to 9:00PM! The winemakers and owners of the The Pleasant Valley Wine Trail wineries will come together in a beautiful, outdoor setting at Hartley Farms for a fabulous evening of wine, food and music - all in support of a local charity that will be selected soon. Appetizers and pre-dinner wine tastings with all the wineries will be served from 6:00 to 6:45. Then, you'll be seated for a 4-course dinner, paired with wines, beginning at 7:00. Courses will be announced soon.
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL! The first 150 tickets are just $125 per person - or buy an entire table for 8 people for just $875 (Buy 7, Get 1 FREE - save $125!)
Get tickets now here

Join the Club

We invite you to join The Cinquain Society Wine Club and become part of a special group of wine enthusiasts who get unique benefits. As a Cinquain Society Wine Club member, you'll receive:

* 25% off all wine club shipments - 2 bottles every 3 months in March, June, September, and December.

* Up to 50% off on additional purchases made at the winery or thru email once you've joined.

* Invitations to members-only parties and events.

* Priority access to limited production and pre-release wines.

* Private barrel tastings with the owners for you and your group. Reservation is required.

* There is no annual fee, and you may cancel anytime.

Please send an email to: wineclub@cinquaincellars.com to join.

Your credit card will be charged between $55 and $95 (plus applicable tax & shipping) after each shipment occurs. Shipments occur in March, June, September and December.

Contact Us

We are only open to the public 7 times per year (until we can quit our day jobs)!

Don't be shy about scheduling a private appointment. It's what we do! We are more than happy to host you and your guests for a private tasting. You can send an email to request a free, private tasting by clicking the link below. Please include preferred dates and times.

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