2010 PULL Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon is the predominant variety on our estate vineyard in Paso Robles and the many different planted blocks offer an array of characters. The plantings range from gentling sloping hills to richer alluvial and sandy soils. Each site has its own ‘terroir’ and ultimately is used to best highlight its strengths and unique personality.
The 2010 harvest was quite unusual in that it ripened very late after a relatively cool spring and summer. Late harvest rains further delayed the ripening but had little or no negative impact on the grapes. It did, however, lead to an interesting outcome. The Cabernet Sauvignon became very ‘fruit’ ripe with lower than normal sugar levels. This allows the wine to be fully mature at slightly lower alcohols, rendering the wines more ‘user-friendly’. Paso Robles can have the misfortune of having to wait for fruit ripeness to catch up to sugar ripeness, resulting in especially high alcohols and, in some cases, high residual sugars.
This wine comprises seven different Cabernet blocks with one in particular, Block 2B, of outstanding quality. This special component was left on its skins well after the completion of the primary ferment. A process known as extended maceration. In fact, the ferment was not pressed until February of 2011, virtually unheard of in modern winemaking techniques. The result is a completely different mouth-feel and texture.
The final blend has all the hallmarks of classic Cabernet. It has ripe blackcurrant fruit and consists of ever emerging layers of complexity. The wine’s texture is of important note, as is the presence of balancing fine, ripe tannins. New French oak completes the wine’s structure, offering the perfect physical support for the lingering fruit flavors.