Paso Robles Cabernet can be big and sweet fruited and often lavishly oaked but instead we have here something perfumed, supple and gorgeously fruited – it should be an example to winemakers everywhere how to take excellent quality grapes and handled them sensitively. A reason could be that the wine is made by the Varner family, who are better known for making elegant Pinot Noir in the cool, Santa Cruz Mountains. That supple hand is definitely in play here, the wine is layered with lots of red berry fruit, cherry, plum and a hint of violet, while just 6% new French oak is used in maturation helping the wine flow and feel silky rather than firm and chewy. Utterly delicious and marvellous value Cabernet from the southern half of California.
This is the utterly perfect Cabernet Sauvignon for drinking young. An absolute winnner.