2014 Cuvee de Robles
The aroma of our 2014 Cuvée de Robles is reminiscent of fresh cherries with hints of black pepper and spice. This bold, full-bodied, Rhône-style blend delivers a mouthful of berry flavors with a lingering spicy finish. Enjoy with a wide range of food including hearty cheese, grilled meat and roasted lamb.
The 2014 vintage was another challenging season in Paso Robles. We began our spring with marginal
moisture, the product of meager winter rains. This daunting start was followed by a warm early spring with
average temperatures through April and May that gave us a reasonable start to the growing season. These
moderate temperatures and seasonable conditions gave us excellent flowering and fruit set circumstances
that resulted in a normal cluster count. From here our temperatures remained moderate until we experienced
a short heat spike at the end of August and again longer sustained heat spell at the start of October before
moderating to normal temperatures to finish the season. Overall we experienced a vigorous harvest season
that presented perfect conditions for excellent ripening at a bracing rate resulting in amazing depth of color
and wonderful flavor maturity.
The 2014 Cuvée de Robles brings together Grenache, Cinsaut (sin-SO), Syrah, and Petite Sirah. These
varietals are grown in our own vineyards and have a natural affinity to our sunny decomposed granite hills.
We also source fruit from premium local growers to craft the blend, demonstrating what can be achieved
with an outstanding match of soil, climate, and variety.
Our 2014 Cuvée de Robles was produced from grapes picked at the optimal level of ripeness. Following
harvest, the grapes were crushed to small fermenters and inoculated for fermentation with yeast strains
known for enhancing the Rhône varietal flavors. Fermentation and maceration on the skins lasted 10 days
and was aided by using traditional pump-over to maximize color and flavor liberation. After fermentation
and maceration, the wine was drawn off and pressed to a blend of French and eastern European oak
puncheons where it completed malolactic fermentation and matured. It received a final racking to stainless
Total acidity: .60%
Bottled: May 2015