Notes cherry preserves, tarragon, and anise on the nose. Flavors of kola, candied red plum, lavender on the full mid-palate with fine grained tannins with a smooth finish.
The 2020 Cavern Select GSM has notes cherry preserves, tarragon, and anise on the nose. Flavors of kola, candied red plum, lavender on the full mid-palate with fine grained tannins with a smooth finish.
Vintage 2020 began with an encouraging mild start and lower than average rainfall. Bud break and bloom were a couple weeks later than average, setting the growing season back slightly. Temperatures rose significantly in August, shortening the seasonal delay. Heat waves plagued the season from August to October, with temperatures over 110°F for extended periods of time. Harvest began on August 17th, with white wines showing great quality despite the heat. At the end of one of the warmest vintages in Paso, we have found wine flavors and quality to be very good with excellent concentration.
The Grenache aged in French Oak puncheons (50% new), the Syrah aged in French Oak barrels (60% new), and the Mourvèdre aged in French Oak puncheons (50% new). In the spring of 2020, the wines were racked and blended to create the GSM blend and the wine was returned to French Oak puncheons to age until bottling.
The GSM blend originates in France’s Rhône wine region. There are many different interpretations of Rhône blends because they can include up to 19 approved varieties. Some of our favorite GSM blends come from Châteauneuf-du-Pape and Gigondas villages larger regional blends called Côtes du Rhône are also good. Rhône varietals have had a long history and thrive in some areas of Paso Robles. As we look back to the days of Pape de Robles, we sought to revive this club beloved blend with a few of the new vineyards we have begun to work with.
Grilled lamb or game, flatbreads with herbs and roasted tomatoes, cheese (gruyere, parmesan, epoisses)