2016 Maquette

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2016 Maquette
2016 Maquette

(60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 19% Cabernet Franc, 19% Merlot, & 2% Petit Verdot) Exceptionally tasty fruit flavors and a broad welcoming mouthfeel make this full-bodied estate-grown wine hard to resist. It has classic Bordeaux essences, like blackberry and black cherry and a whole lot of tannin with spicy tones that come out with proper aeration. The juicy palate delivers licorice, bing-cherry and a touch of tangerine zest. The four varieties come together effortlessly and are well integrated, with fresh focused acidity. Black currant, cherry and dark chocolate play along across the palate, dusted in cocoa powder and smoked oak. Enjoyable to taste right now but with out a doubt a cellar worthy wine. Hide away and bring back for peak taste in 2025.

Tasting notes

Exceptionally tasty fruit flavors and a broad welcoming mouthfeel make this full-bodied estate-grown wine hard to resist. It has classic Bordeaux essences, like blackberry and black cherry and a whole lot of tannin with spicy tones that come out with proper aeration. The juicy palate delivers licorice, bing-cherry and a touch of tangerine zest. The four varieties come together effortlessly and are well integrated, with fresh focused acidity. Black currant, cherry and dark chocolate play along across the palate, dusted in cocoa powder and smoked oak. Enjoyable to taste right now but with out a doubt a cellar worthy wine. Hide away and bring back for peak taste in 2025.

-Paul Frankel, Winemaker

Production notes

THE WINEMAKING

Paul Frankel and staff at Sculpterra's small onsite winery conducted all winemaking from crush to eventual bottling. The fruit came in in four lots, starting on September 20th and ending October 26th. We aged the wine in a assortment of oak barrels, for a total of 18 months. We used some new French Oak giving forth additional tannins to the wine with roasted and nutty bouquets. 2016 Maquette shows off our first production of Petit Verdot from a tiny 300 vine planting located in the vineyard block known as "Kathy's Forest. " Just 2% of Petit Verdot adds just a smidge of dark fruit nuances complemented with a trace of dry tannins.

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Vintage2016
VarietalMaquette
AppellationPaso Robles
Acid0.65
PH3.71
Residual Sugar0.01/100 ml
Alcohol13.80%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date05/25/2018
Cases Produced785

The fruit grown on the Frankel Family Estate is meticulously hand manicured; from pruning, shoot thinning, removing excess clusters and hand picking. Our terroir is most notably extreme, with great swings in temperature along with a plethora of soil compositions and structure. We harvested the grapes in five unique lots, enhancing the wine's pronounced complexity.

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