SEA SHELL CELLARS
2016 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Sea Shell Vineyard
Rolling alluvial terraces with decomposed limestone deposits along its slopes
This lot was picked early in the morning to keep the fruit cool prior to processing. The Cab Sauvignon was then de-stemmed and sorted into a stainless steel tank. 10% of its volume was then bled off in order concentrate the varietal intensity of the flavors and tannin from the grape skins. The Cab Sauvignon was pumped over twice per day during fermentation and remained on skins for 21 days prior to pressing.
Aging and Duration:
The Reserve Cab Sauvignon was aged for 20 months in a mixture of 500L puncheons and 225L barriques, all of which were French oak (~60% new).
With amount of Cabernet grown by Sea Shell Estate, it was only a matter of time before made a pure Cabernet from our favorite section. Coming off the oldest vines on the estate, this Reserve wine offers powerful aromas of cassis, dark cherries, and tobacco. As the wine warms on your palate, it evolves further enticing characters of cedar, fresh-cut vanilla bean, and even a subtle note of petrichor! This wine has most structure and heft out of the 2016 lineup, and generously offers elegant, fine-grained tannins throughout the course of its finish.
Number of Bottles Produced: 1896
AVA: Estrella District, Paso Robles
Harvest Date: 10.7.2016
Wine Maker Comments:
Made from the oldest vines on the estate, this Cabernet displays some of the most developed flavors and structure that the property has to offer.
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