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General Statement: Made from 100% estate grown fruit. This perfected Bordeaux blend is made of 27% Cabernet Sauvignon, 48% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc.

Source of the Fruit: 100% Madison Cellars Vineyards estate grown.

Vineyard Notes:

  • Rootstock: Own-rooted, affording maximum terrior transference
  • Location/Soil: Clay loam and loam soils, on the west and southeast facing sides of the vineyard
  • Harvest Dates: September 19th through October 16th, 2004

Winemaking Notes:

  • Fermentation: Primary fermentation in open top fermenters with three daily punch downs. Secondary fermentation in barrels. Unfined and unfiltered.
  • Alcohol: 14.45%
  • Total Acidity: .66
  • PH: 3.63
  • Residual Sugar: 0.0%

Barrel Aging: Barrel aged for 21 months in French and American oak of which 32% was new French.

Date Bottled: July 14th 2006

Date Released: May 2007

Tasting Notes If I may be so bold; this wine is the nectar of the gods. It demonstrates a finesse rarely found in wines from the Paso Robles area. It exhibits the strong fruit forward style common today, but with well integrated tannins that do not overpower, the wine delivers in a complex and unabashed manor all the bold flavors and body one would expect in a high end Bordeaux blend. This wine boasts intense and complex fruit aromas of cherry and blackberry. The wine exhibits a beautiful deep ruby red color. Similar to the merlot, the medium toasted oak provides subtle notes of vanilla and cola. A smooth wine with bold tannins, and a finish lingering with hints of licorice and mint.

Aging Properties: With the slightly higher acidity this year it will age well for 7-10 years.

Food Pairing: Perhaps it’s better left unsaid…

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