When our descriptors for this voluptuous Cabernet-blend start with decadent aromatics of caramel, fudge, coffee, milk chocolate, cassis and black cherry, you know you are for something good. Very good in fact! Once again, Austin Hope delivers wonderfully rich and complex wines for a price that is hard to fathom. We don’t know how they do it but thank goodness they do. At under $28, this is a wine to enjoy with family and friends who will be eager for that second glass. It has instant broad palate appeal to newbies of the wine world and will also impress those who have been around the block collecting and savoring wines for years. Create a little extra space in your cellar to add a case of this beauty right away. Another Bounty Hunter recommended “over-performer” that offers insane value.
Just 14 miles from the Pacific, the southernmost AVA in Paso Robles is also its coolest and boasts its longest growing season. Director of Winemaking Mike Sinor’s thoughtful blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon with small percentages of the other four Bordeaux varieties offers structure, vibrancy, and dimension. Inviting aromas of sweet earth, black olive, and blackberry precede a sumptuous mouthfeel with polished tannins and a backdrop of heather. A line of chalkiness that’s inherent to the terroir works in tandem with balanced acidity and flavors of spiced cedar, espresso, and ripe plum.