Francis Cutruzzola and his partner Lisa Miller were longtime Sonoma County residents who merely visited the Paso Robles area - a lot. One visit turned into a stay when they bought a vineyard outside of Cambria, where they grow two acres of Riesling grapes and five of Pinot Noir.
They work there with winemaker Stephen Dooley, who in 2019 will mark his tenth year on job. My wife and I also like visiting the little town, and early on we were confused by the different pronunciations it received, with both a short and long "a" sound. We gradually settled on the short.
Dooley is a U.C. Davis graduate who, the website says, has worked "the Napa Valley, the Australian outback, and the South African Cape." His personal winemaking style has been shaped by those experiences.
Petrol. This 2015 San Luis Obispo County Riesling from the Riven Rock Vineyard has that smell in spades, the smell that I long for in every Riesling I try. It's so strong it's on the palate, too. There's also a wallop of wet driveway here, and even a hint of gin & tonic. A nice acidity helps the wine be food-friendly, a natural for Riesling, anyway.