Austin Hope – Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 – Paso Robles, CA
Deep ruby in color, the 2015 Austin Hope Cabernet Sauvignon expresses aromas of freshly picked black currants, ripe black cherries, and blackberries, with subtle notes of violets, mocha, and dried spices. On the palate, it’s a big, powerful, modern-styled wine layered with heaps of juicy blackberry and cherry fruit, while nuances of cedar, clove, nutmeg and vanilla bean round out the long smooth finish. It’s full-bodied and rich, balanced by fresh acidity and firm, polished tannins.
97pts Wine Enthusiast Vintner Austin Hope, whose family is intertwined in the rise of Paso Robles, spent years working to release a wine of this caliber. Dark and thick in the glass, aromas of black currant and blueberry meet with roasted coffee, chocolate syrup and baked plum on the wondrous nose. The palate is soft and extremely expressive, with blueberry, black pepper, firm midpalate tannins and a finish that’s redolent of cappuccino candies.
92pts Wilfred Wong of Wine.com How do I feel about Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon? Over the decades of tasting, I have gone from not a big fan to really liking them. Today, I am mixed in my feelings because the range of wines are often variable. This 2015 Austin Hope stands out and could become the vanguard of where this region is going with their Cabs. At first sniff I found a lot of black fruit and tar, with a hint of a savory mint. This was good, but I was sure how I felt. As I gave the wine additional time in the glass and it paid off. In spite of its high extraction and elevated alcohol (15%), this wine is quite fine. Enjoy its bold black fruit, aromatic coffee grinds, and tar-like notes with a healthy serving of barbecue pork ribs with the sauce on the side. Hey Paso Robles, I am with you!