Sea Shell Vineyard bottle

Sea Shell Vineyard

Cabernet Franc, 2014

The desertlike Paso Robles region is known for producing big, full-throttle red wines. And then there’s Sea Shell Vineyard, a small property planted by the Carter family in 2001 in Paso’s tiny Estrella District. Because Sea Shell sits atop inland rolling hills, it’s just cool enough for the Carters to grow Cabernet Franc—rare in the area. In their vineyard Cab Franc retains its elegance, making this a wine with both Paso power and European-style grace.

Profile

Sea Shell Cabernet Franc is unquestionably Californian, with plenty of fruit flavor and a full body. But Cabernet Franc’s savory notes are present, lending complexity and food-pairing prowess.

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Dark garnet with purple reflections
APPEARANCE
Dark garnet with purple reflections
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Red currants
Wild herbs
Violet
Plum

Pairing

The calling card of these reds—like Cabernet Franc, Carménère and some Malbecs—is the herbal, smoky or even meaty flavors standing out from the fruitiness. The savory element makes these wines match especially well with roasted vegetables—the more fresh herbs in the recipe, the closer the harmony between each bite and sip.

TASTING TIP

Cabernet Franc has lower concentrations of tannins than Cabernet Sauvignon. So this wine feels softer, or less harsh, on your palate.

This is a hearty, rich veggie burger, so a fruity red with an herbal touch matches perfectly.

A soft, fruity red with an herbal touch accents every flavor on this summery pizza, as well as the arugula on the side.

Pour a hefty, fruity red wine when serving up some cheeseburgers: every sip matches the richness of every bite.

A soft, fruity red with an herbal note complements the tomatoes and fresh basil and also dials down the chile paste's kick.

The dish combines earthiness and meaty goodness, so an herbal, fruity red complements and livens up both those elements.

A classic Italian dish calls for a fruity, fresh red with a subtle savory note that complements every flavor on the plate.

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More About The Wine

Paso Robles is known for its 100-degree days and 40- to 50-degree nights—conditions that winemakers love, since they result in big fruit flavors and palate-cleansing brightness. The Estrella District is at the extreme end of that diurnal swing, since it’s an inland, higher-elevation area where the sunshine is stronger and the evening temperatures are cooler.

DID YOU KNOW?

Cabernet Franc is often added in tiny percentages to California Cabernet Sauvignons, to add complexity to wines that might otherwise have simple, jammy flavors.

  • VARIETY
    Cabernet Franc
  • VINTAGE
    2014
  • VINEYARD
    Sea Shell Vineyard
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Paso Robles, California
  • OAK
    New and neutral French oak
  • SOIL
    Fine sandy loam
  • ALCOHOL
    14.6%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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