2013 Bishop's Peak "Elevation" Paso Robles Bordeaux Blend
(raised for 18 months in a combination of French and American oak barrels, 39 percent of them new) Opaque ruby. Lively, oak-spiced aromas of cassis and cherry liqueur, licorice and cured tobacco are lent vivacity by a smoky mineral flourish. Palate-caressing dark berry and bitter cherry flavors deepen and become sweeter with aeration, picking up a floral pastille nuance. Closes supple, sweet and quite long, displaying building spiciness, rounded tannins and very good clarity. (JR)
The top bottling of the Talley family’s second label, this blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Cabernet Franc, 17% Petit Verdot and 16% Malbec offers tons of black fruit on the nose as well as fennel, thyme, oregano and a subdued licorice note. The palate puts violet florality together with fresh blackberry fruit, white pepper and a bit of caramel, proving both delicious and elegant.
Winemaker Notes: Produced from 50% cabernet sauvignon, 17% petit verdot, 17% cabernet franc, and16% malbec