About Iron & Sand 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles
Once known for its thermal mineral springs, Paso is now known for producing world class wine. Iron Spring and Sand Spring, were two of the springs that propelled Paso into a bustling destination known as “California’s oldest watering place” in the late 1800s. Iron + Sand is a nostalgic nod to the early times of Iron and Sand springs. Iron and sand are also important elements in the wine’s classic Paso terroir as the sturdy iron trellising supports the bearing vines and the alluvial, well-drained sandy soils are the perfect match for Cabernet Sauvignon.
Produced by Trinchero Family Estates, the grapes for this Cab were sourced from two renowned vineyards; Estrella River Ranch Vineard, San Miguel District: Northern most sub AVA. Grapes here are subject to the effects of large diurnal shifts, sometimes experiencing a swing as large as 50 degrees day to night, enhancing beautiful fruit acidity. The vineyard has deep alluvial, sandy soils. The other vineyard is Parrish Templeton Vineyard, located south of the city of Paso Robles and east of the Templeton Gap where sea breezes and marine fog help to cool the vineyards at night.
Unique winery set up, with fermenters situated on top of storage tanks, allows for minimal pump usage while sending pomace to press. A blend of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Petit Verdot and 5% Petite Sirah. The wine was aged in 2–3 year old predominantly French and American oak barrels for 12 months.
Dense purple in color, this wine opens with aromas of dark cherries, blackberry preserves and a dusting of coco powder and clove. On the entry, ripe, dark fruit flavors hit the palate before rounding out to earthy, rich chocolate covered cherries complemented by lively acidity and fine tannins that lifts the wine and suggests a long life. The finish is long, supple and mouthwatering.