2016 Cabernet Sauvignon
walks the runway of flavors
The wine walks the fashion runway of flavors, from red currants to black raspberries, from cedar-wood to graphite minerality, finishing energetically with notes of mocha and vanilla spice.
This Estate wine comes from our celebrated Viking Vineyard. Elevation and coastal influence change the micro-climate characteristics of this hillside, contributing wider swings of day to night-time temperatures, an extended growing season, and compact clusters with an enhanced skin to juice ratio. Long a benchmark for “Paso Cabs” Viking Vineyard’s mountain fruit has the racy vibrancy of blue and red berries and the savory, structured tannins of its characteristic small berries.
Aromas of violets, red currants, cedar-wood, graphite (pencil lead). Flavors of crème de cassis, black raspberry-blueberry compote, espresso roast.
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The 16.5 acre Viking Vineyard is a true mountain site, located in the coastal influenced Paso Robles Adelaida District, 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Sitting on an extremely steep, south facing shelf of limestone, the site presents a challenging environment for growing grapes. Planted to three varieties, it is the focus of our Bordeaux program, emphasizing cabernet sauvignon (13 acres), and cabernet franc (1.5 acres) plus a unique small block of northern Rhône sourced Syrah (2 acres). The original vines date back to 1991 and were augmented with an additional 5 acres of cabernet sauvignon in 2000. Vine spacing is the tightest of all seven Adelaida Vineyards; 4 feet between vines and 8 feet between rows, 1361 vines/acre. Cabernet yields average 2 – 2.5 tons/acre, while the Syrah struggles to reach 1 – 1.5 tons/acre.
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