2011 Suendero

2011 Suendero

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Suen•de•ro [swen-dé-ro] n. derived from “Sueño Sendero” or the “Dream Path”

Suendero is a Meritage bottling of Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. The name Suendero celebrates the wine’s origins amid the magical terrain of Adelaida Springs Ranch in the rugged coastal mountains west of Paso Robles. Here, at an elevation of 1,700 feet and just 12 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the ranch’s small vineyard is planted in calcareous soils, resulting from uplifted ancient sea beds. These hillside soils, combined with reliable marine breezes, enable us to craft a nuanced wine of depth and balance that mirrors the evenness and elegance of a modern style blend.

At harvest, the grapes were picked and delivered to the winery in small lots where they were sorted, destemmed and gently crushed into small lot fermenters. Frequent pump-overs and punch-down techniques were used to extract balanced flavors, color and texture from these tiny, concentrated berries. The wine was then drained and gently pressed from the skins into limited-production, tight-grained French oak barrels, where the wine was aged for 18 months for greater balance.

Enjoy now through 2022.

Tasting Notes

  • Color: Garnet
  • Aroma: Boysenberry and cedar with hints of licorice and mocha spice
  • Taste: Medium to full-bodied with flavors of dark fruit and rich, structured tannins that linger into the finish

Accolades

  • 91 Points - Vinous, September 2015
  • Double Gold Medal, Diamond Trophy - Sakura Japan Women's Wine Awards 2016
Other Notes
"An exceptional varietal from the Paso Robles AVA" — Kevin Willenborg, Winemaker
Wine Specs
Vintage
2011
Varietal
Blend
Appellation
Paso Robles
Harvest Date
Oct. 24 - Nov. 3, 2011
Aging
18 months in French oak barrels
Alcohol %
14.5