2017-C Calipaso Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, California

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Calipaso is located in Paso Robles, along California’s Central Coast. Calipaso’s Director of Winemaking Alan Kinne leverages the long growing season of warm days and cool nights to harvest fully ripe fruit while maintaining essential refreshing acidity. This wine is a blend of 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 2% Petite Sirah, and 2% Merlot. The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks and aerated twice a day using the pump-over method. Pump-over is a gentle method where the must is periodically drawn off the bottom of the tank during fermentation and pumped over the cap of skins. The process extracts aroma compounds, color, and tannin. The wine was then aged in a blend of 20% new and 80% neutral French oak, creating a wine with firm tannins with a bit of grip, precisely what most of us seek in Cabernet. The 2017 Calipaso Cabernet Sauvignon shows aromatics of ripe cherries, strawberries, and cranberries, along with vanilla and baking spices from the oak. On the palate, flavors of cassis, blackberry, stewed black cherries, and a hint of green pepper are present. The tannin structure and acidity are well-balanced and the wine has a long, complex finish. The 2017 vintage was one of the best in recent years. The wine is ready to drink now or could be laid down for a further 5-7 years - assuming you have decent cellar conditions of course.

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