A classically styled Bordeaux blend from the storied Santa Margarita Ranch—Cabernet Sauvignon (30%), Petit Verdot (30%), Merlot (20%), Cabernet Franc (10%) and Malbec (10%). Deep purple and garnet hues anticipate aromas of Dawson plum, blueberry, black raspberry, mocha and pencil shaving. The palate displays layered flavors of pluot, currant, fig and coffee bean with suggestions of dark earth and crushed stone. The finish is graceful with soft edges and definitive weight. Aged for 18 months in 50 percent new French oak barrels. Ultra-limited, only 234 cases produced.
Vintage Notes: Early spring rains and cooler temperatures set the initial tone for the 2020 growing season in Paso Robles. The flowering period was steady and conditions remained moderate well into summer. A pair of later-summer heat waves accelerated the pace into harvest and brought full flavor development with balanced ripeness.