Blend of: 31% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Malbec, 13% Merlot, 13% Cabernet Franc, 6% Petit Verdot, 6% Carmenere, 4% Syrah, 3% Mourvedre, 3% Zinfandel
The grapes in this blend were grown vat our two estate vineyards in Paso Robles. Heart Hill Vineyard is located in the Willow Creek District and Bootjack Ranch in the Geneseo District. Only 13 miles apart, differences in soil and climate between the two create very different expressions of place. We find that both vineyards complement each other in a blend to produce a wine that is a great representation of the quality that Paso Robles can achieve. Our goal in the winery was to treat each varietal separately using techniques that preserve the best characteristics of each. As a foundation we used Cabernet Sauvignon for structure, Malbec for a juicy component, Cabernet Franc for fine tannin and length, and Merlot for subtle fruit and finesse. All other varietals in the blend are accent pieces, each adding spice and different fruit characteristics. The barrels selected along with the amount of time spent in barrel brought all of the individual pieces together in a cohesive way.