Wines

2013 Estate Opulence

Elegant Bordeaux Blend

  • Varieties:
    33% Cab Franc
    28% Merlot
    18% Malbec
    14% Petit Verdot
    7% Cab Sauvignon
  • Appellation:
    Paso Robles
  • Average brix at harvest:
    24.4
  • Vineyard:
    Estate
  • Alcohol:
    13.7%
  • Acidity:
    0.68 g/100ml
  • pH:
    3.56
  • Residual sugar:
    0.04g/100ml
  • Date bottled:
    April 01, 2016
  • Cases produced:
    337
  • Retail Price:
    $ 30.00

Growing conditions:
Perfect! 2013 had great growing conditions, with minimal April frost, warm days/cool nights in July and August then a full Indian summer in mid-September. Vineyard yields were normal despite low winter rainfall while quality appears excellent due to small berry size.

Winemaking:
After hand harvesting, the grapes were crushed then inoculated 24 hours later with D-80 yeast and spent an average of 15 days on the skins prior pressing. Different varietal lots were barrel aged separately for 16 months prior to selecting the final blend. Total barrel aging was 25 months in French and Hungarian oak barrels.

Tasting notes:
Intense, complicated, and rich. Aromatics emanating from the multi-varietal blending include hints of black cherries, dark chocolate, and violet are intertwined with spicy oak. Flavors are deep and rich with layers of pleasantly assertive tannins, rich fruit and toasty oak. The finish is lush with piquant acidity ensuring excellent aging potential.

Cellaring:
While enjoyable currently, this multidimensional Bordeaux blend will continue to improve with proper cellaring for another 6-10 years in the bottle with a plateau of best drinkability from 2019-2025.

Food selection:
This supple, complex wine will enhance elegant beef selections such as filet or prime rib as well as more
exotic game selections.