Patrimony is something of a super-label from the Daou family, one of the more widely known estates in the Paso Robles region.
This cabernet franc — one of only three wines under the Patrimony label — hails from the Adelaida District, a mountainous region where grapes are grown between 1700 and 2200 feet in elevation, only 13 miles from the Pacific Ocean.
As you might imagine given the luxe presentation (and price) of the wine, it’s as opulent as they come, a lush expression of black cherry, currants, and milk chocolate up front. I was surprised that the wine doesn’t reveal a significant level of secondary layers as it develops in the glass, keeping the throttle down on its berries and chocolate theme. It never delves into dark cacao territory, keeping things fairly sweet, light, and gently herbal as the finish approaches. Dry and a bit tannic as it fades out, the wine will surely benefit from time — possibly 5+ years — in cellar before drinking.
A- / $275 / patrimonyestate.com