“Signature” is the winemaker’s hallmark blend of the vintage that is unconstrained by convention to create a memorable, ageworthy wine of distinction and balance – in other words the signature wine of the vintage. This year’s blend is made from Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Cabernet Sauvignon hails from the Bordeaux area whereas Syrah originates from Southern France. Both varieties are known for their intense color and for delivering a generous amount of flavor and rich tannins that will continue to develop with proper ageing.
The Cabernet Sauvignon comes from our Adelaida Springs Ranch located 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. The Syrah was selected from the Ryan Road Vineyard, located at 1,500 feet in elevation just east of Creston. The vines are rooted in calcareous rich soils and are grown under very dry conditions. Both vineyards have very limiting soils that produce tiny berries, low yields and intense, concentrated wines. This vintage reflects the 8th anniversary of this limited-production Estate Cuvée aged in selected tight grain French oak barrels for 20 months.
Enjoy now through 2025.
- Color: Deep garnet
- Aroma: Ripe blackberries and mocha with hints of oak and nutmeg
- Taste: Medium-bodied with a dense, structured mouthfeel; berry and mocha flavors with chalky tannins
- 90 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, November/December 2013