(Wine Club notes Fall 2012)
Malbec 48%, Petite Verdot 48%, Cabernet Sauvingon 4%
Total Acid 0.70
NOSE: Deep, rich red berry fruit with forest floor, cedar and mocha creme brulee.
MOUTH: Deep red and black berry fruit wit rich earth and mushroom. Red currant and dark cassis are long on the palate as the velvet tannins bein to caress your mouth. Finish with silky tannins and a savory vanilla cream laced with hints of cassis.
From the depth of my imagination came the desire to make an extreme Bordelaise wine from the Central Coast of California. ... Of the Bordelaise varieties Malbec and Petite Verdot are vey well suited to our microclimates and soils. The Malbec tends to be very similar to Argentinean Malbec due to the cooler climate of the Santa Margarita Ranch in the Southern part of the Paso Appellation. The Petite Verdot is from the warmer area of Paso as it helps build the chewy velvet tannins. The Cabernet Sauvignon ... is also from the Sant Margarita Ranch cropped extremely low to focus the concentration and get true physiological ripeness to avoid any vegetal character. ... We aged teh wine in 100% new French oak for 24 months to reach full maturation.