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Cabernet Sauvignon excels at our estate Margarita Vineyard, where it achieves both ripeness and balance amid one of the coolest, longest growing seasons in the Paso Robles region. Here, our Cabernet Sauvignon vines are planted to a range of soil types, bringing added natural complexity to the wine.
Vineyard & Soils
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon comes primarily from blocks 49 and 50 at Margarita Vineyard, where rocky sedimentary and shale soils promote naturally low vigor for the development of intensely flavored fruit. The remainder of the Cabernet Sauvignon comes from block 15, where ancient sea bed soils and cooler growing conditions yield fruit with firmer structure and tannins.
We strive to produce a Cabernet Sauvignon that showcases the depth and structure that the varietal naturally achieves at Margarita Vineyard, along with ripe, layered flavors. The 2012 growing season was the warmest in recent years, providing a fine foundation of fruity richness. After fermentation, the wine was racked to a combination of French and American oak barrels, where it aged for 15 months prior to blending and bottling. The final blend included small lots of Malbec for added juiciness and Syrah for earthy complexity.
The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon opens with enticing aromas of plum, cedar, vanilla, tobacco and leather. Smooth flavors of black cherry, blueberry, mint leaf and spice are integrated into a broad, chewy texture. Elegant tannins unfurl into a sleek, effortless finish.
The classic varietal expression of the 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon makes a fine match for rich, flavorful fare. Suggested pairings include beef tenderloin medallions, roasted pork shoulder, Cabernet-braised short ribs and stuffed eggplant.