Our 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon opens with rich aromas of blackberries, with accents of caramel and mocha. The palate is smooth, delivering a balanced expression of plum, blackberry pie, and toffee. Soft, supple, and chocolaty tannins hold the finish, which is long and luxurious. With its bold flavors and an easy accessibility, our Cabernet Sauvignon pairs well with a variety of foods and occasions, from filet mignon to barbecued ribs.
We sourced our grapes from three main appellations on the Central Coast to create our classic California Cabernet Sauvignon. One of our favorite vineyards is in Paso Robles, where large diurnal temperature swings produce big, spicy, berry flavors. From Paicines, which is located in warm San Benito County, we added balance and richness, which comes from the fruit’s dark, brambly flavors and ripe tannins. San Lucas Valley, which has steady coastal breezes and slightly cooler overall temperatures, provided the dynamic tannins and ripe, red fruit characters that added the perfect complement to the overall profile.
2018 was a near perfect growing season. It began with abundant February rains followed by drying sun and weather allowing for even flowering and bud break. The quality of the fruit coming into the winery at harvest was excellent with grapes reaching optimum ripeness and spectacular concentration of aromas and flavor.
To achieve the rich varietal expression and approachable fruit profile in our Cabernet Sauvignon, we harvested our fruit at the peak of ripeness, followed by frequent pump-overs throughout fermentation. This constant contact between the skins and juice enables maximum flavor extraction from the fruit. We then aged the wine for approximately 6 months with a combination of American and French oak to lend sweet, toasty vanilla and mocha tones while building structure.