Cabernet Sauvignon Paso Robles
/ Paso Robles
This wine is almost entirely from Calcareous' Block 2 planting, the highest and largest block in the vineyard. The top of Calcareous' mountain is less steep, which has allowed for the creation of a slight amount of top soil. This captures a bit more moisture and nutrients than the hill side Rhone plantings, making it a more suitable home for Cabernet and the smaller plantings of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The bedrock below is still limestone rich though, and perhaps no other varietal showcases the impressive blend of ripeness and acid as does Calcareous' Cabernet Sauvignon.
Wine Spectator2013 vintage
The dark, opaque ruby color gives a good indication of the level of extraction achieved in this wine. The nose is heavy with dark fruits and essential oil of spring flowers. This is followed by strong varietal flavors of dark chocolate, cassis and spice. Full, round, tannins produce the trademark rich, chalky finish that the soil imparts on the wine. While very rewarding to drink now, it will easily cellar for up to twelve additional years.
Pairs well with filet mignon with bordelaise sauce
points of distinction
- Made almost entirely from the highest and largest block in the vineyard.
- Showcases the impressive blend of ripeness and acid from top soil rich with moisture and nutrients and limestone rich bedrock below.
vineyard details +
Calcareous Vineyards is located on Peachy Canyon Road in the westside hills of Paso Robles, California. Established in 2000, Calcareous Vineyards is a 442 acre estate that begins about one mile to the west of town and stretches for several miles towards the beautiful Pacific Ocean.
about the grape +
Cabernet Franc usually shows tart red cherry and wild currant aromas and flavors with an herbal, spicy character. In the Loire, esp. Chinon and Saumur-Champigny, this grape shows firm minerality.
Cabernet Sauvignon is adaptable to various growing conditions, and is known for its low yield and late ripeness. It generally produces full-bodied wines with substantial acidity and tannins.
Merlot makes plump, succulent wines to drink young or opulently massive wines for aging. Has silky, blackberry and currant fruit, with spice, earth, tobacco and chocolate notes, and soft tannins.
– Jason Joyce, Winemaker
Let the Soil Speak