2016 Cabernet Sauvignon – Paso Robles
Paso Robles strives for Big, Bold, and richly textured, both ready-to-drink and a few Cabernet Sauvignons worthy of laying down if you can wait along with Bordeaux Blends. These Paso Reds have flavors of anise, cola, peppercorns with a finish of bright acidity and quality finish.
Some pioneers of Cabernet Sauvignon are Gary Eberle, who planted Cabernet vines in the 1970’s not knowing for sure what to expect. To Gary Eberle’s delight and those that have enjoyed his cabs the vines loved the soil and the hot Paso sun. In 1979 the winemaker founded Eberle Winery. Another pioneer for this grape was Justin Baldwin or perhaps you recognize Justin Winery who planted 70 of Bordeaux varieties in 1981. Justin Vineyard and Winery was born with his first vintage in 1987. Jerry Lohr founder of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines contributed to the recognition of Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon starting in 1986 with planting and hands-on care saw to the tending of the vines while creating a winery and barreling facility. Fruits of his efforts became a reality in 1988 and currently spans over 2,000 acres in Paso Robles. Really, there are many more contributors in Paso and if you haven’t been, you are in for a treat.
Today, Cabernet Sauvignon — with its rich mouth feel, deep complexity and velvety finish — reigns supreme among Paso’s Bordeaux bounty. The varietal makes up almost half of all grapes grown in Paso Robles. Let me introduce you to Josh Marshall and his Maréchal Vineyards and their 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon by saying their Paso fruit and the loving care uphold the reputation for Paso Cabs. Maréchal Vineyards Cabernet exhibits dark fruit, think black cherry, black currant, and blackberry. You will also detect black pepper, a hint of tobacco, black licorice, while the oak provides touch of vanilla.
Food Pairing: Look for foods containing fat to pair with this wine. Think meaty dishes, and rich sauces, braised, broiled, roasted, or grilled. It would go well with a nice cheeseburger or beef stew just as well. A great choice for this Paso Robles Cab are meaty dishes and rich sauces. And it's friendly with different methods of preparations: braised, broiled, roasted, grilled, seared, stewed
Winemaker Josh Marshall, his wife Jenifer, and Haley Washburn winery and tasting room manger have more in store should you visit this beautiful winery, Maréchal Vineyards in Sanger, CA.
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