Cabernet Sauvignon Signature 2014
Viking Estate Vineyard
92 - 94 points, Wine Advocate
The wine shows a saturated fruitiness, plump textured and supple with a sense of crystallized blackberries and melted licorice leading to a long finish accenting the mocha-like richness of fine cigar tobacco wrapper and graphite tinged soft tannins. A pedigreed wine of breeding it demonstrates the potential of the vineyard in the hands of master winemaker. Drink now through 2029.
94 points, Jeb Dunnuck
"The 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Signature shows off a sweet nose of crème de cassis, raspberries, toasted bread, spice box and licorice along with some crushed flower notes. Medium to full-bodied, this pure, elegant and balanced Cab is sweetly fruited, possesses fine tannins and has an elegant and layered finish with terrific purity."
93 points, Vinous
Glass-staining ruby. Mineral-accented dark berry, licorice and pipe tobacco accents show excellent clarity and complementary suave oak spice and floral pastille qualities. Delivers intense, densely packed black currant and bitter cherry flavors, along with a spicecake nuance and smooth, supple texture. Clings with impressive persistence on the gently tannic finish and leaves behind smoky Indian spice and mocha notes.
Cabernet Sauvignon, America’s most popular grape, has a long association with Napa Valley where cuttings from Bordeaux, France were first planted in the 1880s. Yet this powerful variety has shown remarkable adaptability to other warm weather micro-climates in California, with particular success in specific terroirs of the western coastal mountains of Paso Robles. Adelaida’s Viking Vineyard on a dramatic 30 degree slope at 1700 feet is a proven “Grand Cru” site. Planted in 1991 in the recently designated Adelaida District its vines produce very small berries due to the yield limiting chalk rock soils, its south facing exposure allows for the full sweep of the summer sun promoting optimum physiological ripeness and the dramatic diurnal temperature swings emanating from the fog bound Pacific coast ensure the retention of balancing natural fruit acidity. Cabernet connoisseurs can look beyond Napa Valley for super premium expressions of their favorite grape.
2014, a classic vintage for the region, was characterized by its consistency, particularly a lack of heat spikes that sometimes plague the Paso Robles region. The 3rd year of low rainfall added a measure of stress to the vines contributing to low yields and enhanced skin phenolics, all to the good for producing wines of depth and density. Harvested in late September from the best upper elevation blocks, a small quantity of destemmed grapes were “barrel fermented” in new French oak on native yeast. This method, a specialized process reserved for best lot designations is labor intensive, necessitating the removal and resealing of the barrel end cap and spinning the barrels in a unique rack system with the effect of introducing the complexity of toasted oak to the fermenting must. Ultimately the “free run” finished wine was drawn off and matured for 20 months in a selection of coopered French barrels representing a subtle mix of oaks from slow growing northern forests.
Cabernet braised Venison Cheeks, Filet Mignon with red wine enriched Balsamic glaze, Gorgonzola topped sirloin burgers with sautéed sweet Vidalia onions
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.
A further 9 acres of Bordeaux varieties, Cabernet Sauvignon (6 acres), Cabernet Franc (1 acre), Petit Verdot (1 acre), and Malbec (1 acre), were installed on a separate site in 2007, coming online in 2012. Grafted onto lime tolerant rootstock, the vines are drip irrigated and trained to a vertical shoot positioning system.
2014, a classic vintage for the region, was characterized by its consistency, particularly a lack of heat spikes that sometimes plague the Paso Robles region. The 3rd year of low rainfall added a measure of stress to the vines contributing to low yields and enhanced skin phenolics, all to the good for producing wines of depth and density.
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