Wines

2014 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Varieties:
    88% Cabernet Sauvignon
    12% Merlot
  • Appellation:
    Paso Robles
  • Average brix at harvest:
    25.1
  • Vineyard:
    Estate
  • Alcohol:
    13.8%
  • Acidity:
    0.69 g/100ml
  • pH:
    3.45
  • Residual sugar:
    0.02 g/100ml
  • Date bottled:
    August 19, 2016
  • Cases produced:
    506
  • Retail Price:
    $ 28.00

Growing conditions:
Early! Budbreak in 2014 was nearly 3 weeks early with great growing conditions: No frost, warm days/cool nights during the growing season with harvest finishing 10 days early. While quality is excellent due to tiny berry size, yields were small due to our 3rd year of drought.

Winemaking:
The grapes were hand harvested, then crushed into a stainless fermentor. 24 hours later, the must was inoculated with FX-10 yeast then pumped over daily for 14 days prior to pressing. After completion of malo-lactic fermentation, this cabernet sauvignon was aged for 24 months in French and Hungarian oak prior to bottling.

Tasting notes:
Intense aromas of red plum, black cherry and dark chocolate with wisps of cinnamon are complimented by a background of subtle oak. Rich flavors with layers of large, soft tannins interlocking with complex oak tannins for a long, elegant finish.

Cellaring:
While enjoyable now, this 100% Cabernet Sauvignon will continue to improve with proper cellaring for another 4-8 years in the bottle with a plateau of best drinkability from 2021-2026.

Food selection:
This elegant wine will compliment a large array of food dishes but is best with filet, pork loin, and chocolate desserts.