Wines

2012 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Varieties:
    100% Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Appellation:
    Paso Robles
  • Average brix at harvest:
    24.7
  • Vineyard:
    Estate
  • Alcohol:
    13.7%
  • Acidity:
    0.68 g/100ml
  • pH:
    3.48
  • Residual sugar:
    0.02 g/100ml
  • Date bottled:
    September 12, 2014
  • Cases produced:
    823
  • Retail Price:
    $ 26.00

Growing conditions:
Finally! 2012 had relatively normal conditions, minimal April frost, warm to hot days/cool nights in July and August then a mild Indian summer in late Sept./early Oct. Early indications are that 2012 is the best vintage since 2007 and possibly since the famous 1997 vintage.

Winemaking:
The grapes were hand harvested, then crushed into a stainless fermentor. 24 hours later, the must was inoculated with D-80 yeast then pumped over daily for 14 days prior to pressing. After completion of malo-lactic fermentation, this cabernet sauvignon was aged for 20 months in French and Hungarian oak prior to bottling.

Tasting notes:
Intense aromas of tart cherry and bittersweet chocolate with wisps of allspice 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 5-8 years in the bottle with a plateau of best drinkability from 2016-2022.

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