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2014 Austin Hope GSM - 95 Points - Wine Enthusiast


The 2014 Austin Hope GSM was grown on the Hope Family Vineyard, located just 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean in the Templeton Gap district of Paso Robles. The site’s rocky soils of clay and limestone make it ideal for the Rhone varieties to which it is planted. The vines are managed carefully to keep cluster counts low, resulting in fruit with great intensity and rich berry flavors.

Grapes were hand-picked and fermented separately by vineyard block in five-ton, open-top tanks. After daily pump-overs (for color and tannin extraction) for 10 days, the tanks were tasted and analyzed for their tannin and structure to determine the length of extended maceration. The wines of 2014 were held on their skins for an additional 30 to 60 days before they were racked into mostly new French oak barrels where they aged separately for 24-25 months. The barrels were racked once in spring of 2015, blended in December 2016, and bottled in March of 2017.

Wine Specs

35% Grenache, 35%, Mourvèdre, 30% Syrah