In 1999, Estancia planted nearly 700 acres along the Estrella River benchland in Paso Robles, 20 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, nearly 400 acres of which is Cabernet Sauvignon. This emerging region is ideal for producing grapes that result in complex and delicious black currant and dark cherry fruit flavors followed by a long, rich finish. After sunset, temperatures drop as marine fog sweeps in, lingering until dawn. These cool evening and warm days create a longer growing season, allowing grapes to ripen to perfection. We employ artisan winemaking practices such as gentle pressing and small barrel aging to craft world-class, deeply concentrated and intensely flavored wines.
Growing conditions in Paso Robles have extreme temperature swings that are greater here than in any other California appellation. The rugged landscape, unique microclimate and infertile soils at Keyes Canyon Vineyard produce red varietals with low yields, small clusters, tiny berries and high skin-to-juice ratios for concentreated wines with intense varietal character. These prime conditions are ideal for growing Bordeaux-varietal wines.
Deep crimson red with aromas of currants, chocolate and anise, with subtle sweet oak nuances. Lush and intense flavors of black cherry with hints of vanilla bean. Tannins are firm and inviting, leading the way to a long supple finish.
Tasting Date: October 2011
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Country: United States, California, Paso Robles
Retail Price on Tasting Date: $16.99