Paso Robles AVA, San Luis Obispo County, California
A perfect pairing for filet mignon with a shallot cream sauce or Osso Bucco (braised veal shanks) over a bed of polenta.
Paso Robles Cabernet Franc is the backbone of this wine, emulating many of the Right Bank wines of Saint-Émilion.
Part of this shipment’s “mini-vertical” of prized Cuvée St. E, the new 2017 release is composed of 63% Cabernet Franc, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Merlot, and 1% Malbec. In this vintage, we saw a higher level of tannin structure and flavor ripeness than had been seen since the string of great vintages from '12 to '14. Aged 18 months in French oak Bordeaux barrels, 64% new wood, from coopers Dargaud et Jaegle and Tonnellerie Sylvain. Director of Winemaking Steve Peck’s notes: “The 2017 is dark in color with aromas of red currant, roasted coffee, and dark chocolate. The palate has a comfortable grip which persists with notes of coffee bean, dried herbs, and plum. The tightly wound tannins of the Cabernet Franc will present their greatest reward after a few years of bottle age.