Fresh vanilla bean, black currants and dark fruit aromas.
Ripe cherry and black berry notes are balanced by herbaceous notes, white pepper, and hints of earth. On the finish, the tannins are smooth, supple, and round out this medium bodied Cabernet.
We source from vineyards throughout the Paso robles AVA for Liberty School. Specifically, vineyards from districts: Geneseo, Estrella, El Pomar and Paso Robles Highlands. Each of these districts are quite diverse in soils but all contain calcareous rocks ans soils for which the AVA is known. Seasonal warm days and cool nights contribute to this Cabernet’s color and structure while deliberate, sustainable farming assist in delivering consistent and high quality grapes.
The 2020 early growing season was near normal. Rainfall occurred mainly in early winter and early spring and seasonal totals were just below average. Vine growth and berry development was typical through spring. Summer brought unusual heatwaves which slowed berry development, keeping them small with a desirable skin to juice ratio. October was warm and dry, aiding in fruit maturity. Harvest was condensed as most Paso Robles Cabernet ripened at the same time with ideal color and flavors.
Our Cabernet Sauvignon is harvested and fermented individually by vineyard lots and then barreled into a combination of French and American oak barrels, 10% of which are new.
The wine is racked twice during barrel-aging, blended in winter of 2021 and aged for an additional 3 months in 75% new French Oak. Just prior to bottling in Spring of 2022, the wine was gently filtered.