About 2020 Austin Hope Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon:
Fourth release of Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon crafted by the Hope Family Vineyards.
Exquisite Austin Hope Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon – a true treasure for the senses. It displays an abundance of fresh baked blueberry pie aromas and rich notes of cracked black pepper. On the palate, flavors evolve with fruit forward notes, vanilla bean, cacao and a hint of dried tobacco leaf. The wine finishes with integrated tannins that are soft and supple, accentuating the power and depth of this full bodied Cabernet Sauvignon.
2020 Austin Hope Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon select wine is aged in 100% new French oak barrels for an extended period, resulting in a wine of exceptional dimension and stature. The barrel selection process adds to its unique character, ensuring that it stands out from other wines.
The 2020 early growing season was near normal. Rainfall occurred mainly in early winter and early spring and seasonal totals were just below average. Vine growth and berry development was typical through spring. Summer brought unusual heatwaves which slowed berry development, keeping them small with a desirable skin to juice ratio. October was warm and dry, aiding in fruit maturity. Harvest was condensed as most Paso Robles Cabernet ripened at the same time with ideal color and flavors.
Harvest Date: 10/19 – 10/26/2020
The making of Austin Hope Reserve Cabernet begins with small lot fermentations separated by individual vineyard blocks which receive daily pump-overs for maximum extraction. These lots are constantly supervised, tasted & analyzed for tannin and anthocyanins in order to determine optimal length of extended maceration after fermentation.
Once drained and pressed, the young wines are barreled down into a combination of 25% once used and 75% neutral French Oak. In the early Summer of 2021, these lots, already
earmarked for the 2020 Austin Hope Cabernet Sauvignon, are tasted by the winemaking team to further isolate individual barrels that display exceptional quality and character
for the Reserve program.
Once the initial blend was defined, the Reserve wine lots were aged an additional 9 months in 50% new French Oak. In spring of 2022 the lots were
blended and received an additional 25% new oak. The wine was racked a final time in June of 2022, just prior to being bottled in July.
About The Winery:
Austin Hope, winemaker and heir of the Hope Family Vineyards, launched his eponymous label in 2000 with a focus on Rhône varieties. In 2017, he expanded his range with Cabernet Sauvignon from Paso Robles. Hope is dedicated to producing wines of exceptional quality that accurately reflect the region’s terroir. His Cabernet Sauvignon is marked by its deep color, concentrated fruit flavor and well-integrated tannins. With his distinct style and dedication to quality, Austin Hope is a trusted name in California winemaking.