WE92 The black fruit aroma is reserved on the nose of this bottling, allowing violet, stone, loam and a hint of herbs to come to the forefront. The dry palate is cohesive in flavors of black cherry, purple flowers and soil, with a hint of black olive. The subtleties will benefit from cellaring. Drink 2021–2032.
Estate Notes: Dense purple in color, this wine opens with aromas of dark plums, black cherries, freshly picked black berries and raspberries intertwined with hints of graphite and baking spices that frame this fruit-driven wine. Balanced acidity on the palate combines perfectly with rich, chocolate, bramble berry fruit flavors, velvety tannins and a lingering, mouthwatering finish.
COMPOSITION: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot, 5% Petite Sirah. AGING: 9 to 12 months in neutral French and American oak barrels.
ESTRELLA RIVER RANCH VINEYARD, SAN MIGUEL DISTRICT AVA
The majority of the grapes come from the San Miguel District, the northern most sub-AVA in the greater Paso Robles region, this area was named after the San Miguel Mission, built by Franciscan missionaries in the late 1700s. Fruit from this region is subject to the effects of large diurnal shifts, sometimes experiencing a swing as large as 50 degrees, helping to enhance beautiful acidity in the fruit. The deep alluvial, sandy soils, tailored with being one of the warmer AVAs in the Paso Robles region, makes for ripe fruit and smooth tannins.
PARRISH TEMPLETON VINEYARD, EL POMAR DISTRICT AVA
About 15% of the grapes come from the family-owned Parrish Templeton Vineyard in the El Pomar District, south of the city of Paso Robles and east of the Templeton Gap, where sea breezes and marine fog help to cool the vineyards at nights.