Gold, 93 pts. - 2022 Harvest Terroir Challenge (Sonoma); Gold - 2023 Boston Intl. Wine Competition; Gold, 94 pts. - 2022 Sommelier Challenge Concours d'Vin (San Diego); Gold - 2022 Denver Intl. Wine Competition ------ Bright cherries, cassis, vanilla, allspice, a hint of cedar on the nose. Full bodied, spicy, tannic and dry with a lengthy ﬁnish. This wine will age well for 5 to 10 years plus.
About the Vineyard
Our Cabernet Sauvignon was grown at Dos Robles Vineyard in the El Pomar region of Paso Robles. The vines were planted in 1994 and are beginning to resemble miniature tree trunks. Rooted in Nacimiento - Los Osos Complex soil with 9 to 30 percent slopes, these vines produce loosely packed clusters with intensely ﬂavored berries.
Spring was mild and wet resulting in sporadic downy mildew on Central Coast vineyards. Warm weather followed during most of the growing season, coupled with drought-busting rains, creating vigorous growth and more clusters per vine. The fruit showed great intensity, with lower brix levels and higher acids than normal.
Our Cabernet Sauvignon received more skin contact time with a longer overall fermentation. Pumping the juice from the bottom of the tank back over the top of the skins twice daily helped to further extract ﬂavor and color. We encouraged MLF to soften the mid-palate and used heavy toast barrels to compliment this enormous wine.
10 Barrels Produced
Aged 18 months. 18% once-ﬁlled French oak, 18% new American oak - Heavy Toast, 64% neutral barrels