Austin Hope Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon

  • PRODUCER:

    Maker's Mark Distillery

  • REGION:

    Kentucky, United States

  • AGING:

    6 Years

Barrel Program: Lots aged separately for minimum 11 months in a combination of 10% new, 25% once used, and 65% two to three times used French Oak. The blend is aged an additional three months in 75% new and 25% once used French Oak.

Tasting Notes: Deep ruby in color, the Austin Hope Cabernet Sauvignon expresses aromas of fresh black currants and cherries accompanied by subtle smoky notes and dried spices. On the palate, this lavish powerful wine is layered with juicy blackberry, ripe cherry, vanilla bean, and brown butter. It is full-bodied and rich, balanced by a touch of bright acidity and firm polished tannins.

The #10 Wine in Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Wines in the World for 2019

Wine Enthusiast Score: 96

Varieties: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Origin: Paso Robles, Central Coast, California, United States.

15% ABV

750 ML

"Through dedication, passion and hard work, Calumet Bourbon is crafted as a tribute to the accomplishments of Calumet Farm"
- The Distiller
$39.99
Product Details

Nothing matters more to Austin Hope than family and winemaking. And for Austin, nothing embodies those quite like Paso Robles. Today, Austin’s obsession has evolved to showcase an even greater sweep of Paso Robles, expressing a life dedicated to growing grapes and making Paso wines. Nothing makes Austin prouder than crafting a wine that captures the inspiring essence of Paso Robles.

Barrel Program: Lots aged separately for minimum 11 months in a combination of 10% new, 25% once used, and 65% two to three times used French Oak. The blend is aged an additional three months in 75% new and 25% once used French Oak.

Tasting Notes: Deep ruby in color, the Austin Hope Cabernet Sauvignon expresses aromas of fresh black currants and cherries accompanied by subtle smoky notes and dried spices. On the palate, this lavish powerful wine is layered with juicy blackberry, ripe cherry, vanilla bean, and brown butter. It is full-bodied and rich, balanced by a touch of bright acidity and firm polished tannins.

“The goal for this Cabernet is simple – to make wine that expresses all that Paso has to offer, with its pastoral beauty, perfect soils, maritime climate and limitless possibility.” – Austin Hope, Owner/Winemaker

This bottling remains as impressive and delicious as it did upon debut two vintages ago. Aromas of black cherry, hickory smoke and vanilla cookie lead into a palate of brown sugar, sea salt, caramel, and black cherry foam, all framed by polished tannins and just enough acidity. – Wine Enthusiast.

The #10 Wine in Wine Enthusiast's Top 100 Wines in the World for 2019

Varieties: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Origin: Paso Robles, Central Coast, California, United States.

15% ABV

750 ML

About the Producer

The flavor of Maker's Mark stood out from the crowd, so co-founder Margie Samuels wanted to ensure the bottle did the same on store shelves. It's said that Margie is the reason most folks buy their first bottle of Maker's Mark and Bill is the reason they buy their second. The shape of the bottle, look of the label, signature red wax topper and even the name itself are all thanks to Margie.

The Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Famer (the first woman involved with a distillery to be inducted, by the way) hand-dipped the first bottles in her kitchen using a home fryer to melt the wax. Margie's fried chicken was never quite the same, and neither was the whisky business. While every sip of Maker's® tastes just like the one before it, no two bottles are exactly alike. Those red tendrils give each bottle its own unique flourish.

When naming this new bourbon, Margie was inspired by the "maker's marks" that pewter whitesmiths put on their best work. Her mark features a star for Star Hill Farm, the Bardstown farm where the family resided.

Margie's "S" is for Samuels, and the Roman numeral IV symbolizes her husband's status as a fourth-generation distiller. (Son, Bill, Jr., later discovered that his father was actually a sixth-generation distiller. But, SIV stuck and is here to stay.)

Margie was much more than a homemaker, but she sure knew how to make distillery visitors feel at home. Some even credit her with inventing bourbon tourism. Margie ensured the distillery would receive the same attention to detail as the whisky, from its picturesque landscape to its distinctive red shutters. Margie even made Bill, Sr., agree that for every dollar that went into the bourbon, another would go into restoring the distillery's buildings and grounds.

If character came in a bottle, it might look something like this one. Margie's signature red wax topper isn't the only feature that helps Maker's Mark stand out from the crowd. The shape of the bottle, look of the label and even the name itself are all thanks to Margie the marketer. That square shape was inspired by Margie's collection of 19th-century cognac bottles – as was the wax that typically sealed them.

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