2018 Héroe Primitivo

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2018 Héroe Primitivo
2018 Héroe Primitivo
Tasting notes

Héroe’s Frankel Family Estate grown 2018 Primitivo is certainly one of our most popular wines with its easy drinking and ability to pair well with most foods.  It is richly layered in flavors and textures, offering a variety of red summer berries balanced with green vegetables and herbs.  The notes of jammy plum and milk chocolate blend effortlessly in the midpalate but finish smoothly making this a very appealing and versatile wine. 

- Paul Frankel, Winemaker

Production notes

2018 was a surprisingly drawn-out year for the vineyard and the winery, making processing the fruit fairly stress-free.  This wine is a blend of three unique Primitivo picks, all coming in from the 8 acre Ridgeline plot.  Each lot represents a different day of hand picking in our vineyard.  The first lot come in slightly underripe, creating tart cherry flavors and vibrant red color.  The second lot was just the opposite with super ripe flavors, black color, and a long, rich mouthfeel.  Finally, the third lot brought flavors of raisin, cherry-pie and dried herbs.  We processed all three lots one half ton at a time, first by de-stemming the berries, then by whole berry fermenting a portion in new 500L barrels, and finally by basket pressing and barrel aging.  The finally barrel contains a small amount of Cabernet Franc, adding flavors absent to Primitivo and greatly aiding in the wine’s texture, character and finish.  

Other notes

Héroe wines have been produced commercially at Sculpterra Winery and Sculpture Garden since 2012. Héroe celebrates the vineyard and winery workers; more specifically, the vineyard workers who are responsible for every operation at Sculpterra! Lugardo “Uga” Zatarian, featured on the front label of this bottle, is that man.  Uga worked eight years at Frankel Family Vineyards doing all sorts of jobs in the vineyard. His tireless efforts and dedication to farming excellence, like all the others who work in our vineyard, are the reason our wine taste so wonderful.  Uga retired in 2011 and this label honors the memory of his dedication to Sculpterra as he set a high standard!

Download Wine Notes
Varietal Composition86% Primitivo, 14% Cabernet Franc
AppellationPaso Robles
VineyardFrankel Family Estate
Acid0.72 g/100 ml
Residual Sugar0.03 g/100 ml
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date08/14/2019
Cases Produced375

All the fruit was grown at Frankel Family Estate Vineyards on well established 15 year old vines.  2018 saw consistent agreeable weather.  Favorable off-season rains, coupled with a mild spring and hot summer gave way to a long and extended fall harvest.  The vines were hand manicured with careful pruning of canes, precise shoot thinning, methodical leaf pulling, and selective cluster thinning, which helped achieve a perfect average yield of 3 tons per acre.  The vineyard soils contain lots of limestone outcroppings with a mostly salty loam profile.  Harvest began on September 25 and was completed by November 1, 2018.

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