Deep purple in color, this wine opens with a nose of dense black fruit, black tea, black licorice and subtle notes of cracked pepper. Full in body with rich flavors of black cherry, plum and violet. A long, dry finish sure to rope you in for another sip.
Vintage | 2018
Varietal | 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Petit Verdot, 8% Petite Sirah
Alcohol | 13.5%
Appellation | Paso Robles
PH | 3.88 TA | .6 g/100mL RS | 4.3 g/L
Oak Program | 50% new French oak, medium toast for 18 months.
John Wade is inspired by the legends of the famous, or sometimes infamous, residents & visitors of the now renowned Paso Robles region, often referred to as the wild west of the California wine industry.
One such character that's said to have frequented these parts is Jesse James and his bank-robbing gang, the James Boys. Outlaws Frank and Jesse James' uncle, Drury James, co-founded the town of El Paso de Robles and was a part owner of the original La Panza Ranch. It's here where the gang are said to have holed up while Jesse healed from a gunshot wound from March of 1868 until December 1869.
Though much has changed since those days, John Wade, who's own family ranched and rodeoed up and down the state of California for four generations, was drawn to the wild-west language, with big skies, golden hills and relaxed hospitality that's charmed for centuries in Paso. When he decided to start making wine he had a pretty good notion that Paso was just the place. He quickly realized that grapes enjoy the open air just as much as he does.
Established in 1983, the 614,000-acre Paso Robles AVA has become home to hundreds of vineyards and wineries due to the combination of favorable climatic conditions and a diversity of soils.
Thinner-skinned, earlier ripening clones and an average of 14 hours of ripening sunlight during the growing season product Cabernet wines with higher pH and softer tannins, immediately approachable, yet age-worthy.
In 2014, 11 new American Viticultural Areas within the region, reflecting the region's diversity of soils, rainfall, elecvation and temperatures.
About The Winemaker:
A California native, Nancy has had the luxury of working as a winemaker in California for years. Based in Mendocino County, Nancy has traveled throughout the region visiting growers from Temecula to Portland and from Shenandoah Valley of the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Through her travels, Nancy has developed an appreciation for the regional and local differences that each unique vineyard produces.