2015 Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 338 Estelle Vineyard
Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 338
100% Cabernet Sauvignon Clone 338
Cabernet Estelle Los Olivos District AVA Merlot Estelle Los Olivos District AVA Petit Verdot McGinley Happy Canyon AVA
254 yeast (Cabernet) Native (Merlot)
GRE yeast (Petit Verdot)
Cabernet 26 months 25% new American Oak, 45% new French Oak & 30% Neutral French Oak.
Alcohol: 15.5% pH: 3.8
Titratable Acidity: 5.0 g/L
This is part of my Cabernet Project: boutique premium Cabernet. Estelle is now its own microAVA known as Los Olivos District. This project includes four Clones: 101, 341, 337 & 338. And, 5 different blocks of Cabernet: 8, 11-B, 13, 14 and 16. Originally, the Petit Verdot was to add complexity to the Cabernets, but it is so delicious; look for a stand alone 100% Petit Verdot bottling.
Cabernet Clone 337 Block 8 is a steep sloped hillside with N to S vines the sunny side of the canopy faces the Ocean West. Merlot Block 12 is the front face of Estelle. Petit Verdot Block 3C vines with NE to SW planting puts the sunny canopy facing NW.
Both wines were treated minimally due to the fantastic conditions at harvest. Crushed, de- stemmed and inoculated, the Must was fermented dry. The wine was placed in barrels and aged until blended.
The aroma is blackcurrant, mint, pencil shavings and cedar. Blackcurrant fruit with vanilla and spice. Some may get a little molasses which I think is from the Petit Verdot. The tannin structure is prominent but rounded. The acid balance makes this soft in the mouth with a spicy Cassis finish.
What to eat?
Steak. Braised beef or grilled.
We pair this wine with Tête de Moine in our tasting room. Check out our cheese pairing menu here