Appellation: Paso Robles, CA
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon 84%
Aging Profile: Aged for 18 months in 14% new American oak, 8% new Hungarian oak, 4% new Russian oak
Savory aromas of bay leaf, thyme and rye transition to ripe huckleberry flavor, cocoa powder and cassis. Pleasing on the palate with satisfying tannins and a breath of strawberry and violet on the finish.
The 2014 vintage followed the trend of being earlier and hotter than the year before. We reached heat records twice in February, bringing bud break two weeks early, and in May, followed by a moderate but humid summer. The humidity caused stressful conditions for the vines, but also prevented dehydration and allowed great hang time while flavors developed. Wines from this vintage are drenched in beautifully jammy, silky red fruit flavors with mature tannins. These wines are ready to drink at the time of release or may be cellared 3-6 years, reaching optimal bottle-age by 2020.
92 Points – Winemakers Challenge International, 2017
Gold – Wine Lovers of Taster’s Guild, 2016
Silver – Indy International Wine Competition, 2016