2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Large Format Bottles
Larger wine bottle sizes are well suited to longer aging of Bordeaux and Rhone style wines. Wine from larger format wine bottles tend to age more slowly, and possibly even develop more complexity and nuances than wines from smaller wine bottle sizes. This is due to the smaller amount of air that resides between the cork and the wine. The surface to air ratio between the wine and the bottom of the cork is called ullage. The amount of ullage can either oxidize the wine, causing it to age prematurely, or develop at a slower pace of maturity. This takes because because the more air the surface of the wine is exposed to, the faster the wine is going to develop. That is why half bottles develop so much faster than large format bottles.
"Cabernet from Paso Robles can sometimes show too much alcohol on the palate, but the Cass estate Cab pulls off a nifty feat by having all the richness and body you expect from Paso without the heat. A Platinum award-winner at the 2016 Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition. 94 Robert Whitley Sep 27, 2016"
The nose suggests a bouquet of black cherry, cedar shavings, crème de cassis and crushed cardamom seed. Layers of tart red plum, stewed tomato paste, dried herbs and ripe raspberry envelope the palate, while subtle tannin and a bright acidity further enhance flavors of steeped black tea and dried cranberry. A combined essence of seasoned leather, sweet pipe tobacco and whispers of balsamic glaze creates a lingering finish.
Cabernet Sauvignon comprises the largest planted acreage at Cass, thus we have the ability to choose fruit from a variety of sites, soils, and clones across the vineyard. Picked in early September, the grapes were fermented into 5-ton open top fermenters and pumped over multiple times per day to achieve maximum extraction, which was necessary to match the ripe flavors of the vintage. Aged for 22 months in French oak.
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