Textbook Cabernet Sauvignon 2021, Paso Robles, California

Paso has the greatest diurnal temperature swing in California, experiencing a 50° difference from day to night. The hot days ensure grapes develop complexity, while cool nights prolong the growing season, allowing grapes to fully mature while maintaining acidity. The region’s diverse mineral rich soils, particularly those with calcareous composition, imbue the wine with a distinct minerality. Hand-selected lots spend 13 months aging in 100% French Oak, before being blended. Small amounts of Syrah and Petite Sirah, which also thrive in Paso, were added for structure and depth. 2021 vintage: 97% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2.9% Syrah, 0.1% Petite Sirah. Fermentation: 100% Stainless Steel, 7 days. Aging: 13 months in French oak, 30% new. “The individual lots for this wine spent months aging separately in French oak, before I hand-selected the final blend. The result is richness yet restraint – allowing this Cabernet to be paired with an array of cuisines or simply enjoyed on its own. On the nose, there are lovely aromas of Satsuma plum, red currant, anise, and a dusting of baking spices from the French oak aging. On the palate, I get the flavors of juicy black cherry, raspberry, and milk chocolate. The finish is smooth with well-integrated tannins. It’s opulent, richly textured, and beautifully balanced.’ – Winemaker Abigail Horstman