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2011 Cabernet Sauvignon

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.

“LONG AND FOCUSED…Soft, ripe and juicy with plum, berries and herbs.”
-Anthony Dias Blue, Tasting Panel Magazine

“TERRIFIC FOR THE PRICE TAG…Well-made wine produced from estate-grown fruit.”
-Chuck Furuya, Honolulu Star Advertiser

Vineyard & Soils

The 2011 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.

Winemaking

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. After gentle destemming, the must was cold soaked for 48 hours prior to fermentation for a gentle extraction of color and flavor. After fermentation, the wine was racked to a combination of French and American oak barrels, where it aged for 16 months prior to blending and bottling.

Tasting Notes

The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon opens with generous aromas of black fruit, toasty oak, caramel and cedar. The palate is elegantly layered with flavors of plum, cherry and blackberry, followed by trailing notes of black olive and cocoa. Fine tannins linger on a juicy, structured finish.

Cuisine Pairing

The 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon’s deep, complex character and juicy finish are a fitting match for filet mignon with black olive and rosemary sauce, grilled pork chops, roast leg of lamb, and aged gouda and cheddar cheeses.

Specs

Vineyard: Margarita Vineyard
Varietal Composition: Cabernet Sauvignon 76%, Syrah 16%, Zinfandel 4%, Petit Verdot 2%, Cabernet Franc 1%, Malbec 1%
Aging Regimen: 16 months in French and American oak barrels
Cases Produced: 9,508

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