2014 J. Wilkes Paso Robles Highlands Cabernet Sauvignon
Appearance: Dense, dark saturated garnet color
Aromatics: Plush and enticing with currant/cassis, blackberry, ripe cherries dusted with baking chocolate, all supported by echoes of oak toast, vanilla, wet slate/mineral, baking spice, faintest suggestion of eucalyptus/mint.
Palate: Ripe and bold on the attack with full - bodied Cabernet character one expects from Paso Robles (mouth-coating black berry fruits, cocoa, ripe cherries, and spice-lad-en cassis, but also a sense of restraint rarely found in Cabs bearing a Paso AVA.
Food Pairing: Tri-tip barbecue with BBQ beans and garlic bread, steak au poivre medium rare, an oak - grilled rack of lamb with a reduction made from the same wine. I am also haunted by the thoughts of my grandmother's twice baked potatoes with sharp vermont cheddar and enough butter to embarrass Julia Childs or Paula Deen. Rich and ripe enough to be cocktail red, restrained and balanced to make it perfect at a steakhouse or even with an eggplant and goat cheese napoleon. If the suggestion of a vegetarian match with Cab doesn't work for you, think medium - rare lamb chops with Moroccan spice and Turmeric couscous.
Aging: The wine is delicious consumed tonight, but will shed layers of primary fruit to show more depth, elegance and earth over the next 5 - 7 years. The wine may last longer in a proper cellar and for those that cherish bottle aging, but as this is our first J.Wilkes bottling of Cabernet Sauvignon from PRHD, I will be conservative in my estimation of cellar life. For now its's easy: drink or hold!
Cases Produced: 1592