The 2017 vintage displays richness, elegance and balance—the hallmarks of a superb growing season that allowed for extended ripening. A deep, complex bouquet reveals notes of cassis, black currant, licorice, incense, ripe plum and vanilla. The palate is full-bodied, layered and complex, while smooth, silky tannins lead to a persistent finish.
"The 2017 Soul Of A Lion is a blend of 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Cabernet Franc and 8% Petit Verdot aged 22 months in 100% new French oak. It has a deep ruby-purple color and wonderfully unique expression, with scents of forest floor, underbrush, English breakfast tea, espresso, blackcurrant bud, dark chocolate and exotic flowers mingling over a core of perfectly ripe wild blackberries and Morello cherries, all complemented by a classy framing of new oak spices. The medium to full-bodied palate is slow to unfurl, with a frame like liquid silk and a very long finish that gives up layer after layer of nuanced flavors. Wow!"
97 points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
96 points - Vinous
95 points- Wine Enthusiast
96 points- Jeb Dunnuck
"Made from cherished estate fruit (78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cab Franc, and 9% Petit Verdot), this wine offers incredible color, structure, lasting aromatics, and density of favor. Around its juicy inner core are blackberry preserves and espresso with a dusting of chalky, calcareous tannins."
|Region||Paso Robles Wine Country|
94 / 100 Cellarmaster Value Rating