About Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon Austin Barrel 20:
Paso Robles entices dreamers and self-starters, those who have a spirit and the drive to create their own destiny to be their best, create the best from the land and all that it produces. This wine is a tribute to those who believe in Paso Robles and all of its greatness, just like their winemakers.
The second release of Cabernet Sauvignon Austin remains focused on the winery’s goal to produce a wine true to “Paso Robles”. On the nose savory aromas intertwine with
rich dark fruit nuances. On the palate, flavors evolve into layers of juicy blackberry, spicy nutmeg, toasted coffee and fresh vanilla bean. This medium to full bodied wine is finished with refined tannins and a distinguishable zing of acid to balance
Initial aging in 10% new French & American Oak, finished as a blend in 15% new French Oak. Total time: 14 months
Cabernet Sauvignon Austin Barrel 20 source from Paso Robles vineyards located mainly on the eastside of the appellation, they all have one thing in common: Gravely-to-loamy soils with calcareous deposits. This helps with quality consistency and makes for a true “Paso” flavor profile. T
he Paso Robles AVA districts liked most are Geneseo, Estrella and Paso Robles Highlands, which is where the bulk of the vineyards are located. The 2020 growing season and harvest was near normal in some ways and very unusual in others.
Rainfall was below average with the bulk of the storms occurring in early winter and early spring. Vine growth and berry development was normal through spring. Then, summer brought several heatwaves slowing berry development slightly.
However, October was warm and dry, which helped to quickly mature clusters. Harvest was condensed and flurried as most fruit ripened at the same time. Yields were down from estimates, but the berries were mature with dark red skin color and concentrated flavors.
Cabernet Sauvignon Austin is harvested and fermented individually by vineyard lots and then barreled into a combination of French and American oak barrels, 10% of which are new. Wines were matured in oak for an average of 14 months and racked twice during barrel-aging before an initial blend was assembled in late September of 2021.
Following another 3 months in 15% new French Oak, the blend was finalized and racked a final time before a gentle cross-flow filtration and bottling in mid December 2021.
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.
Paso Robles is the home to many dreamers and self-starters, those who have a spirit and the drive to create their own destiny. Paso Robles Vineyards entices those individuals to be their best, create the best from the land and all that it produces.