SEA SHELL CELLARS
2016 LOW TIDE
Varietals: 50% Cabernet Franc, 33% Merlot, 17% Cabernet Sauvignon
The 2016 Low Tide proudly displays its Right Bank Bordeaux roots with a display of black currant and dried cherries on the nose, followed by refreshing, earthy mix of potpourri and sage. On the palate, vibrant notes of fresh pomegranate notes arise, giving way to relaxing hints of vanilla bean, cacao nibs, and sarsaparilla on the finish. The strong angular tannins of the Cab Franc add a muscular layer to the structure of this blend, giving it both the ability to be enjoyed now, or to lay down for development over time.
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 Sea Shell Estate. The much younger Merlot block provides youthful exuberance while just a bit of Cabernet is blended in to fill out the blend's mid palate. All three varieties ripened at a similar pace and were brought in between October 7th and 13th. The fermentations were kept on skins for a range of 18-21 days, with the extended maceration intended to allow for the extraction of a full palate weight and lots of explosive flavor. The wines were then aged in 17% new French oak barriques for 21 months post-fermentation prior to bottling in order for the varieties to soften their firm tannins and integrate their flavors and aromas into the refined blend that is the 2016 Low Tide.
AVA: Estrella District, Paso Robles
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