2014 Bishop's Peak Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1298648 90 points Vinous

 (aged in a 50/50 combination of French and American oak, 35 percent of it new) Inky ruby. Ripe cherry, dark berries and a hint of vanilla on the perfumed nose. Sweet, seamless dark fruit, mocha and spicecake flavors put on weight and gain energy with air. Rich yet lively; a peppery element adds cut to the long, focused finish, and fine-grained tannins add grip. Talley's side project, which is not exactly a second label as the wines may include fruit that is sourced from outside Arroyo Grande, is a consistently excellent source for elegant wines that deliver very serious bang for the buck. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, in particular, give a glimpse of this iconic Central Coast winery's style for a bargain-bin price, and they age nicely as well. (JR)  (6/2016)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Incorporating 11% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot and tiny amounts of Malbec and Cabernet Franc, the 2014 Bishop's Peak Cabernet Sauvignon is medium-bodied, charming and easy drinking, with plenty of black cherry, spice and underbrush aromas and flavors. Drink it over the coming 2-4 years. (JD)  (8/2016)

Wine Enthusiast

 This bottling is bolstered by 11% Petit Verdot, 8% Merlot, 3% Malbec and 1% Cabernet Franc. It shows intriguing sandalwood, cedar and macerated blackberry aromas on the nose. There's a touch of beef jerky and plenty of elderberry fruit to the sip as well as a cedary spice. (MK)  (2/2017)

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
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Paso Robles

- Located about halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, this inland AVA enjoys a sunny and hot growing period while its seaside neighbors hang in the fog. Zinfandel is the traditional red grape of choice, though cabernet, chardonnay, and Rhône varietals are gaining favor. Most are made in a fruit-forward, early drinking style.