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Tasting Notes

2019 Cask 4    Creston District/Paso Robles   98 points SOMM Journal

A blend of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cab Franc, and 8% Merlot aged in 100% new French oak for 30 months. Strikingly elegant, with notes of espresso and loose tobacco. Slate runs through black plum with a bevy of violets in bloom. Chewy tannins go juicy. This is a plush and confident red.


2019 Cabernet Franc    Creston District/Paso Robles   95 points. SOMM Journal

This 23-month French-oak aged 100% Cab Franc is Margene’s favorite variety and she has been making this wine for the last decade. Spiced heather, wild boysenberries, and slate are a heady combo of texture and flavor. Like a Chinon, there is a hint of jalapeño and dried oregano, with high-toned acidity and a juicy disposition.


2019 Cask 7    Creston District/Paso Robles      96 points  SOMM Journal

A right-bank inspired blend of 52% Merlot, 48% Malbec from Michael’s Vineyard, aged 30 months in 100% French oak. Exotic and lush across the mouth, with velvet-lined tannins that extend sensations of dried violets, vanilla-inspired espresso and ripe, deep, juicy plum. Broad shouldered with spiced cedar and an earthy finish.


2019 Beau Mélange    Creston District/Paso Robles    95 points  Tasting Panel Magazine

Estate fruit creates the 18th vintage of this stellar blend, the winery’s flagship cuvée, combining 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, and 25% Merlot. Spending 23 months in 100% French oak, the mouthfeel is a paradigm of dusty tannins and cashmere carpet of plum and mocha. The remarkable muster of violets, cherry pie, and sweet earth is generous, vibrant, balanced and well structured.