Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Blend

Because the grapes are being liberated from California to become wine made in Texas, we believe they should be absolved of their checkered past!  Absolution is predominantly a Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot blend.  While the 2014 adn 2015 vintages had a higher representation of Merlot in the blend, the 2016  and future vintages are expected to be more Cabernet dominant (80-90%). The Caberbet grown here is bold yet apporachable and demonstrates a "Napaesque" character.

The 10 acres of Cabernet are dispersed across the estate in 4 vineyard blocks growing on two separate hills on mostly steep slopes.The 1-acre block of Merlot is on the far Southeastern edge of the property on a gentle slope.  The vines seem to be very attuned to this location and consistently produce well-ripened fruit with dark color and flavors. 

In 2016 we planted two acres of Petite Verdot below the Syrah blocks. We see this additional Bordeaux grape varietal joining this Absolution blend in future years, imparting Petite Verdot's characteristic rich and rustic, dark fruit aromas and flavors.

2016 Tasting Notes

A dense purple/violet, this is a big, fully ripe wine driven by finesse and balance. Textbook flavors and aromas of blackberry, cassis, and black tea leaf mingle with cedar, leather, mocha, and espresso. Barrel aging included 53% new French oak, yielding sweet, soft tannins with delicate spice.

15.1% ABV

89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot

Serving Temperature 55-60°

Enjoyable now, will develop thru 2028
(recommend decant 2 hours)



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Many 90+ point wines have been nurtured from this estate and surrounding areas