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2012 Nobelle Wines Cabernet Franc
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Varietals were sourced from the Santa Margarita Ranch area.

Vineyard Notes

From the historical Santa Margarita Ranch Area, home to five different types of soils to produce diversity in flavor: granite, shale, volcanic, sedimentary and ancient sea beds. Always late, 2012 Cab Franc kept me around the winery until mid-December!

Winemaking Notes

All native yeast, risky but well worth it! A two-week maceration released some beautiful tannins, then we barreled the finished product in brand new Cicery barrels. Aged for 24 month, no filtration or fining.

Tasting Notes

Probably one of the biggest Cab Francs you’ll try in your life, it’s the biggest I’ve made anyway! It looks like a Petite Sirah or a big Napa Cab, but by smelling it you’ll notice a much more subtle bouquet: jasmine, violet you name it. Your first sip will bring out a lot of red fruit, blackberries, and plum, your second sip will produce mocha and coffee bean flavors, and your third will produce firm, lingering tannins in the back.

Varietals
100/100 Cabernet Franc
pH
3.3
Alcohol
13.5%
Bottled
2014

2012 Nobelle Wines Cuvée Noël
$ 25.00

Aged for 18 months – 1/3 in brand new barrels, 1/3 in 2 to 5 year old barrels, 1/3 neutral barrels. Varietals comprise Cabernet Sauvignon from Starr Ranch, Malbec from Lockwood Valley Vineyards, dry farm Merlot from Julie’s Vineyard and Syrah from Hearthstone Vineyard.

Vineyard Notes

2012 was amazing by any standard. All of this fruit came to full maturity with good color and acids, the natural hot springs underneath Julie’s Vineyard provided all the water and nutrients that the grapes needed to survive.

Winemaking Notes

Nothing fancy here, minimum grape handling and destemming did the trick.

Tasting Notes

Typical Bordeaux style elegant and plummy with a twist of spice, the merlot brings a traditional velvety texture to the blend and cab the tannins.

Varietals
50/100 Cabernet Sauvignon
25/100 Malbec
12.5/100 Dry Farm Merlot
12.5/100 Syrah
pH
3.4
Brix
25-27
Alcohol
14%
Bottled
2014

Limited Production 168 Cases

2012 Nobelle Wines Grenache/Syrah
$ 28.00

This production was harvested by hand in the fall of 2012: 65/100 Kiler Canyon syrah was harvested in September and 35/100 Staar Ranch grenache was harvested in early October. It was then aged 24 months in new French oak barrels.

Vineyard Notes

Kiler Canyon is home to some of the best syrah in the county; it shares a fence line with Terry Hoag Cellars a well-established winery and a big syrah house as well. Conditions were ideal! A mild leaf thinning had to be done in August to get full sun exposure and good ventilation against potential mildew.

Winemaking Notes

The syrah was pungeon fermented; we removed the head of 2 Cadus Medium toast pungeons and introduced the freshly crush fruit. Punch down was done twice a day by hand, the 2 wines were made separately then blended together and aged for another 6 months in a brand new pungeons.

Tasting Notes

Impressive coffee bean scent when you open the bottle, follow by toasted bread and nutty aromas. The mouthfeel is soft and velvety, but the tannins are strong. Thanks to the syrah, a long acidity from the grenache makes the finish linger. A solid red with at least a 10 year aging potential.

Varietals
65/100 Syrah
35/100 Grenache
pH
3.2
Brix
26.5
Bottled
2014

Limited Production 186 Cases

2012 Nobelle Wines Ma Cherie Petite Sirah
$ 45.00

Varietals were sourced from Hearthstone Vineyard.

Vineyard Notes

Hanging time was key for this vintage; we beat the rain by one week!

Winemaking Notes

Picked mid-November by hand, we brought the macro bins down to 60F to begin a cold soak, then inoculated the juice with RC212. Fermentation went well and after a long extraction, we moved the wine to new Cicery Hungarian barrels where it was aged for 18 months.

Tasting Notes

Amazing plummy nose, deep ruby color and bold tannins…2012…enough said!

Varietals
100/100 Petite Sirah
pH
3.2
Alcohol
14.6%
Bottled
2013

Limited Production 72 Cases 

2013 Nobelle Wines Belle Rivière
$ 36.00

Vineyard Notes

100/100 marsanne clone 1083 harvested in Monterey County. The 2012 and 2013 seasons were very similar in term of weather patterns, heat/ day and rain. Monterey County is well known for maintaining acidity and freshness in the grape, especially whites.

Winemaking Notes

Marsanne, the most underestimated Rhone white varietal, expresses its full potential here, with a traditional rhone yeast and a classic batonnage twice daily for six weeks. It can take as much aging in oak as a chardonnay, up to 36 months in big vats! Some of the most exclusive marsannes in the world are made this way.

Tasting Notes

This vintage reminds me of white fruit: peach, pear and especially quince which is my favorite fruit. As you taste it, a fresh zest apple comes up front, followed by a dense mouth feel with a lot of weight. Served chilled at 45F, this 2013 Marsanne can age beautifully for the next 10 years.

Varietals
100/100 Marsanne
pH
3.3
Brix
24
Alcohol
12.5%
Bottled
2014

Limited Production 80 Cases 

2013 Nobelle Wines Carmenère
$ 39.00

Vineyard Notes

Colbert in San Miguel is one of the only vineyards to carry the varietal in the region. Carmenère always ripens late; mid-October to mid-November is the usual picking time. The leaves turn black in fall, which is very surprising and rare! 100% Carmenère.

Winemaking Notes

Ahhh Carmenère! I never worked with it in France and always liked the Argentinian/Chilean style that was easy to achieve here, thanks to the growing conditions in 2013. The fruit came cleanly to the winery and right after crushing (less than 24 hours later) we inoculated the batch with classic Bordeaux yeast. After press we moved the wine to a Le Roi pungeon where it aged for 24 months. 76 cases produced.

Tasting Notes

This varietal has a light and delicate perfume. The density of the wine is very interesting, a lot of weight, followed by long and smooth spice. It will go perfectly with a rack of lamb with rosemary or similar, the simpler the better!

Varietals
100/100 Carmenère
Alcohol
14.3
Bottled
2015

Limited Production 55 Cases 

2013 Nobelle Wines Rosé de Carmenère
$ 25.00 $ 9.99

Vineyard Notes

‘The lost Bordeaux varietal’ thrives well here in Paso. Thirteen year old vines at Colbert Vineyards yielded about 3 tons/acre. Hand picking and quick delivery brought the fruit to the winery in perfect condition.

Winemaking Notes

A saignee was made a few hours after crushing; we then moved the precious juice into neutral french oak barrels where it aged for 8 months. 

Tasting Notes

A rarity with a very jammy nose, red fruits characteristics and good acids, to our knowledge it is the only carmenere rose that you’ll find in Paso Robles.

Varietals
100/100 Carmenère
pH
3.25
Alcohol
13.35
Bottled
2013

Limited Production 42 Cases

2013 Nobelle Wines Roussanne
$ 24.00

Vineyard Notes

The Monterey County grapes were picked by hand at night in late September.

Winemaking Notes

The fruit came to the winery early morning in perfect condition, and after an immediate press, the juice was settled overnight. The next morning we racked the the lees and moves the fresh juice to french neutral oak barrels. Fermentation went smoothly, and Rhone yeast was used to enhance the aromatic charecteristics of the varietal. A daily “batonnage” made a big difference to increase the creaminess and glycerol level of this wine.

Tasting Notes

Well known for its aromatic characteristics, this roussanne starts with a mild quince bouquet, followed by a pleasant and crisp mid-body. This Monterey grape is more on the light and citrusy side than full bodied and oaky.

Varietals
100/100 Roussanne
pH
3.3
Brix
23
Alcohol
12.5%
Bottled
August 2014

Limited Production 72 Cases

2013 Nobelle Wines Syrah
$ 32.00

Vineyard Notes

Kiler Canyon is a magical location for syrah that is known for having some of the best syrah vineyards around. The meticulous approach and high tech knowledge at the vineyard makes a big difference in the end product. The hand-picked harvest took place on a foggy morning in October and was then trucked to the winery in one-two ton bins. 100% Syrah

Winemaking Notes

Syrah and pungeons make a traditional combo that never fails. We moved the juice after a two week fermentation, and our Syrah already had that inky characteristic proper to the varietal. The wine was aged 24 months in new 500-liter pungeons.
98 cases produced

Tasting Notes

Big and spicy are the two words that come to mind. Very different from the Parker style, this wine should age beautifully for at least a decade.

Varietals
100/100 Syrah
Alcohol
14.5
Bottled
2015

Limited Production 98 Cases 

2013 Rive Gauche Cabernet Sauvignon
$ 29.00

Vineyard Notes

100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Starr Ranch Vineyard 

Winemaking Notes

After an early hand-pick in mid-October, the grape came to the winery in perfect condition. We used the tightest settings on the crusher/destemmer to extract all the tannins and color from these tiny berries, inoculated the must with D254 yeast and punched it down two to three times a day. After pressing 21 days later with a bladder press we let the wine rest overnight, then moved it to three-five year old barrels, including François et Frère, Demptos and Taransaud, where it was aged for 18 months.

Tasting Notes

An initial whiff of violets makes for a pleasant nose, followed by mild spiciness. This soft cabernet with a long finish is typical of the west side of Paso Robles.

Varietals
100/100 Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol
14.98
Bottled
2015

Limited Production 116 Cases