2016 Bishop's Peak Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1351980 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Snappy blackberry and boysenberry aromas combine with lilac, herbs and olive on a very inviting nose in this second-label bottling by the Talley family. It’s a fully flavored experience on the sip, with black plum, savory charred meat and dried herbs, showing great complexity for under $25. *Editors’ Choice* (MK)  (12/2018)

90 points Vinous

 Deep bright-rimmed ruby. Pungent aromas of cassis, cherry liqueur, licorice, cedary oak and tobacco. Juicy and lively on the palate, offering bitter cherry and dark berry flavors that deepen slowly with aeration. Finishes silky and quite long, with sweet, harmonious tannins and a touch of smokiness. (JR)  (9/2018)

K&L Notes

Produced from grapes grown in the Santa Margarita Vineyard in the cool southwestern corner of the Paso Robles viticultural area, this wine combines the balanced Talley Vineyards’ house style with the soft approachability typical of the Paso Robles region. Enjoy this wine with Santa Maria style barbecue or smoked brisket.

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By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 2/20/2019 | Send Email
Generally speaking Paso Robles is know for bigger, jammier styles of Cabernet but that is not the case with Bishop's Peak. The fruit is sourced from the much cooler sub-AVA of Santa Margarita Ranch in the very south western tip of the region, close to San Luis Obispo. Here the cooling ocean influence is much more pronounced and the wines tend to be a little more elegant and structured. This bottling from Talley / Bishop's Peak is very classically styled with mulberry, cigar box, red currant, crushed rocks, and graphite. Medium plus bodied, with notable but refined varietal tannins. Stony minerals, mingle with cassis and plum with a subtle whiff of oak spice. Classy stuff...top value.
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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.