WINE REVIEW: 2016 Concannon Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, CA ($19)
by Andrew Chalk
Background: This wine has considerable significance as it is made (partly) from the ‘Concannon Clone’ an important derivative of grapes from the legendary Chateau Margaux in Bordeaux. Due to viticultural practices some 80% of California Cabernet is now descended from Concannon Clones. This grape composition of this example is 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petite Sirah, 5% Cabernet Franc.
Appearance: Intense ruby red.
Nose: Forward fruit of Cabernet Sauvignon and blackberry. Underlying baking spice notes. The American oak employed in ageing provides heft to the tannins and suggests several years potential for improvement.
Palate: Medium acid, medium-plus tannin, blackberry fruit, plum, cocoa and spicy notes.
Overall: Better now as a pairing with food than as a quaffing wine allowing it to ameliorate in fatty meat juices or pasta with creamy sauce. Alternatively age for 5+ years. It would be interesting if the winemaker made a French oak doppelganger of this wine to compare and contrast its organoleptic properties.
Good value. In wide distribution or available online at the winery site.