Wines

2011 Estate Opulence

Elegant Bordeaux Blend

  • Varieties:
    34% Merlot
    29% Petit Verdot
    17% Cab Franc
    12% Malbec
    8% Cab Sauvignon
  • Appellation:
    Paso Robles
  • Average brix at harvest:
    24.6
  • Vineyard:
    Estate
  • Alcohol:
    13.6%
  • Acidity:
    0.71 g/100ml
  • pH:
    3.62
  • Residual sugar:
    0.04 g/100ml
  • Date bottled:
    December 13, 2013
  • Cases produced:
    788
  • Retail Price:
    $ 30.00

Growing conditions:
2011 proved to be worse than 2010 or 2009 with record spring frosts in the first week of April with 3 consecutive nights in the mid 20's. Whites and early reds had almost no crop and later reds had light crops. A long cool summer followed by rains in late September and October forced harvest late into November for most wineries.

Winemaking:
After hand harvesting, the grapes were crushed then inoculated 24 hours later with D-80 yeast and spent an average of 16 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.