SEA SHELL CELLARS
2016 LOW TIDE
Composition: 50% Cabernet Franc, 33% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon
Sea Shell Vineyard
Rolling alluvial terraces with decomposed limestone deposits along its slopes
All three lots were picked early in the morning to keep the fruit cool. 10% of the volume of each variety was bled off in order concentrate the varietal intensity of the flavors from the grape skins. The Cab Franc and Merlot were de-stemmed and sorted into small open top fermenters that were punched down 2-3 times per day. The Cab Franc stayed on skins for a total of 18 days while the Merlot macerated for 21 days. The Cab Sauvignon was fermented in a stainless steel tank and remained on skins for 21 days prior to pressing.
Aging and Duration:
The Cab Franc and Merlot were aged in 225L neutral French oak barriques for 20 months prior to bottling. The Cab Sauvignon was aged in a mixture of 500L puncheons and 225L barriques, all of which were French oak (~53% new).
True to its Right Bank Bordeaux roots, the 2016 Low Tide is based upon the elegantly structured old vine Cabernet Franc grown on the steep west facing slope of the Sea Shell Estate. This variety provides those bright notes of Morello cherries, cassis, and violets. The much younger Merlot block provides youthful exuberance with riper berry flavors on the palate, while just a bit of Cabernet is blended in to fill out the wine’s mid palate and lengthen its satisfying, well-structured finish.
Number of Bottles Produced: 1788
AVA: Estrella District, Paso Robles
RS : 0.3
This blend highlights all three Bordeaux varieties grown on the Sea Shell Estate. It features the expressive aromatics and refined structure of its Cab Franc (grown on the property's upper limestone rich slopes), the explosive fruit of its Merlot (grown on its lower terrace), and the powerful depth and structure of its Cab Sauvignon (grown on its gentle, lower slopes).
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