San Simeon Paso Robles Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Deep ruby color; raspberry, black cherry, dark fruit on the nose; raspberry, cherry, plum, blackcurrant, boysenberry, oak on the palate.

San Simeon Paso Robles Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Dry; polite, but assertive and dusty tannins. Balancing acidity. Well behaved Paso Robles cab—smooth and drinkable on pop-and-pour, but could benefit from decanting. Tasty texture. Cedar oak notes from barrel aging in French and American oak. With a little time in glass, cocoa appears on the finish. Blend of 95% cabernet sauvignon, 5% petit verdot; 14.1% ABV.

This is product of the San Antonio winery, the oldest winery in Los Angeles. The winery also has locations in Ontario, California, and in Paso Robles. This bottle is their Paso Robles production. In addition to San Simeon Estate Reserve, other labels include Stella Rosa, Riboli Family Wine Estates, Opaque, Maddalena, and Windstream.

The Riboli family’s wine story dates back to 1917 when they opened the San Antonio Winery in downtown Los Angeles. The family is now in the fourth generation of wine and wine making, with Anthony Riboli the principal winemaker, assisted by Arnaud Debons. You sometimes will find references to the brand as “San Antonio Winery San Simeon Estate…”

San Simeon Paso Robles Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 is smooth easy drinker dense with dark fruit flavors. Savory, earthy aromas and fruit. Very serviceable Paso Robles cab with rich, ripe flavors. Pair with grilled steak, pot roast; lamb; venison; pork—almost any meat, especially those with generous marbling. $24-36

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