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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.
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon comes from blocks 15 and 50 at Margarita Vineyard. At Block 50, a mixture of shale and rocky alluvium soils promotes naturally low vigor for the development of dark, intensely flavored fruit. At Block 15, ancient sea bed soils and cooler growing conditions yield fruit with earthier structure and firmer tannins. The qualities of these blocks combine to bring dimension and nuance to the final blend.
We strive to produce a wine that showcases the depth and structure inherent to the Cabernet Sauvignon fruit grown at Margarita Vineyard. After fermentation, the wine was racked to a combination of French and American oak barrels, where it aged for 18 months prior to blending and bottling. The final blend included a small lot of Merlot for an enhanced velvety dark fruit character, as well as a touch of Cabernet Franc for aromatic lift.
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon presents multidimensional aromas of plum, raspberry, tobacco and toasted oak. Rounded flavors of black cherry and black currant are interwoven with earthier hints of olive, mint, black tea and spice. Chewy tannins set the tone for a full, rich finish.
The 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon appeals to classic pairings such as filet mignon with black olive sauce, herb-marinated rack of lamb, braised beef short ribs, and sautéed duck breast with wild mushrooms.