SEA SHELL CELLARS
2013 LOW TIDE
Winemakers Tasting Notes
The Low Tide is blended with two primary Bordeaux varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. French and American oak barrels were used during the aging of these varietals; this diverse cooperage choice has created a unique and layered toast profile imprint that roams through the aromas and taste.
Dark Crimson and lush in tannin structure, this wine is layered and weighted on the pallet. Aromas of fresh blue berries and toasted vanilla bean are present at first smell followed by subtle spring flowers. At second smell notes of cooking spices, smoked tobacco leaf and dark berries.
The wine is soft as it enters the pallet; fruit shows first and it is extended and lasting. Blue berry flavors that are round, ripe and juicy carry this wine to the finish line; sweet fruit tone last and last with hints of rich smokiness and vanilla crème flirting and your taste buds until the end.
FERMENTATION / MATURATION NOTES
The Merlot is harvested first and cold soaked for 5 days to start the extraction of deep dark black berry fruit tones. The Cabernet Sauvignon is harvested more than 3 weeks later at day break, then is soaked at its harvested temperature until it warms to temperature were native fermentation can begin. After fermentation, the finished wines were transferred to selected French and American barrels for aging.
AVA: Estrella District, Paso Robles
Aged 24 months in French and American Oak, Hand Harvested
Varietals: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon and 22% Merlot
TA (g/100ml): 0.625
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