2017 Figurine

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2017 Figurine
2017 Figurine

(40% Cab Sauv, 36% Primitivo, 24% Merlot) Our Figurine is full-bodied with concentrated berry and cherry flavors, while its smooth texture makes it easy to sip and enjoy. It offers an explosion of up-front toasted oak and a savory finish of dried herbs. It has a touch of spiciness that is somewhat masked by all that great red fruit overtones. Waves of blueberry transition to velvety smooth textures, offering an impressive marriage between richness and balance. A subtle note of raspberry can be found weaving through the aroma and that sneaky hint of black-pepper spice on the palate make it all the more tasty.

Production notes

All winemaking was conducted on-site at Sculpterra's small winery located in the middle of the beautiful 265 acre Frankel Family Vineyard Estate. We started the process with whole berry de-stemming followed by fermenting the juice in a combination of new 500L oak barrels and h ton macro bins. The three varieties were individually made and final blending occurred one week prior to bottling. The wine was aged in a blend of 225L, 240L, and 500L oak barrels, of which 20% of the wood was new American Oak. These new heavy toasted oak barrels provided strong bouquets of dark chocolate, cedar, smoke and BBQ flavors that fill out the wine's profile, pairing wonderfully with all that inherit fruitiness from the vintage. This 2017 Figurine bottling is our biggest yet and we are excited to see the response from our wine club members and wine judges.

Other notes

Figurine, Sculpterra's Cabernet-Primitivo-Merlot blend has scored 91 points from Wine Enthusiast Magazine for four straight vintages. This is a remarkable feat and a true testament to the consistency in taste and flavors from this very amazing wine.

This wine is so beautiful; mellow in the mouth, yet has a certain component of heartiness and dryness to give it weight and finesse. It's easy to see why it is our most popular blend each and every year we produce it!  Drink this wine upon release in April 2020 and age a few bottles and see how mellow it becomes in five or even ten years from now.

-Paul Frankel, Winemaker

Download Wine Notes
Varietal Composition40% Primitivo, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot
AppellationPaso Robles
VineyardFrankel Family Estate
Acid0.64 g/100 ml
Residual Sugar0.08 g/100 ml
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date02/20/2019
Cases Produced855



Smoked meats and earthy black-cherry aromas make for a pleasantly rugged nose on this blend of 40% Primitivo, 36% Cabernet Sauvignon and 24% Merlot. The flavors are cohesive on the palate, where hickory smoke wraps around cherries and herbs, with a strong tannic framing. - Matt Kettmann, Wine Enthusiast

The wine is a fantastic example of true Paso Robles terroir; blending the best of fruit driven Primitivo with hearty and robust tasting Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The 2017 growing season was known as a vintage of high sugar and fully concentrated wines. The wines in this blend had deep, rich color, a moderate level of tannin and slightly higher than average alcohol levels. Overall the vines enjoyed excellent weather during the growing season. All three vineyards were hand pruned, leaf pulled, shoot thinned, and the drop load was limited to just 3 tons per acre. Primitivo was ready to be picked first, followed by harvest of Merlot and finally ending the last week in October with Cabernet Sauvignon.

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