Wines

2010 Estate Opulence

Elegant Bordeaux Blend

  • Varieties:
    33% Cabernet Franc
    26% Merlot
    23% Cabernet Sauvignon
    13% Malbec
    5% Petit Verdot
  • Appellation:
    Paso Robles
  • Average brix at harvest:
    24.8
  • Vineyard:
    Estate
  • Alcohol:
    13.7%
  • Acidity:
    0.72 g/100ml
  • pH:
    3.41
  • Residual sugar:
    0.08 g/100ml
  • Date bottled:
    December 04, 2012
  • Cases produced:
    598
  • Retail Price:
    $ 30.00

Growing conditions:
2010 not to be outdone by our challenging 2009 harvest produced another wild ride for growers and winemakers. Normal budbreak, incredibly cool summer, heat spike in mid-September, followed by 5 weekends of rain delayed completion of harvest until November 24. The most meticulous growers and winemakers excelled in 2010.

Winemaking:
After hand harvesting, the grapes were crushed then inoculated 24 hours later with FX-10 yeast and spent an average of 18 days on the skins prior pressing. Different varietal lots were barrel aged separately for 15 months prior to selecting the final blend. Total barrel aging was 25 months in French and Hungarian oak barrels.

Tasting notes:
Brooding, complicated, and dark. Aromatics emanating from the multi-varietal blending include hints of plum, cherries, and sage 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 7-10 years in the bottle with a plateau of best drinkability from 2015-2019.

Food selection:
This supple, complex wine will enhance elegant beef selections such as filet or rib-eye as well as pastas with rich sauces.