(From 2013 Vintage) Ever noticed how good things often come in threes? The 2013 vintage of Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon sits right in the middle of three great years for Paso Robles Cabernet and may be remembered as the best vintage since the revered 1997. Pre-season rainfall was just over half of normal following the two wet and cool vintages of 2010 and 2011. Growth started early in Cabernet with budbreak just after St. Patrick’s Day, and we saw a very warm month in April that pushed us into bloom early in May. The greatest differentiator of the vintage was that daytime high temperatures for the critical two-week period of veraison were 5 to 10 degrees cooler than normal. This allowed the berries to color up beautifully and led to some of the darkest wines we’ve seen in our cellar. Harvest was smooth sailing with most blocks being harvested the first three weeks of October. The 2013 vintage of Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon was “made in the vineyard” and brought to its fullest potential by aging a full year in our barrel cellars prior to bottling.
Medium dark red in color, the 1996 Seven Oaks has aromas of black cherry, blackberry, cassis and orange rind. The bouquet is complex with cedar, vanilla, leather, clove, allspice and chocolate as well as toasty oak. Showing ripe and moderate tannins supported by good acidity, the upfront fruit flavors of cherry, vanilla, blackberry jam and smoky toasted oak will develop additional complexity with bottle aging.