Wines

2018 Estate "Opulence"

Elegant Bordeaux Blend

  • Varieties:
    33% Merlot
    22% Cab Franc
    20% Petit Verdot
    15% Cab Sauvignon
    10% Malbec
  • Appellation:
    Paso Robles -Templeton Gap
  • Average brix at harvest:
    24.9
  • Vineyard:
    Estate
  • Alcohol:
    13.8%
  • Acidity:
    0.69 g/100ml
  • pH:
    3.56
  • Residual sugar:
    0.02g/100ml
  • Date bottled:
    April 09, 2021
  • Cases produced:
    332
  • Retail Price:
    $ 34.00

Growing conditions:
Late winter rainfall (all in March), light frost (whites) and cool spring/early summer produced a great fruit set. Judicious thinning and warm days lasting into October led to an outstanding late harvest with excellent quality and yields.

Winemaking:
After hand harvesting, the grapes were crushed then innoculated 24 hours later with D80 yeast and spent an average of 15 days on the skins prior to pressing, Different varietal lots were barrel aged separately for 20 months prior to selecting the final blend. Total barrel aging was 27 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 2025-2032.

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