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The 2014 Waymaker Red Wine offers robust aromatics of ripe blue fruits, cherry and pomegranate with hints of a savory component. The wine is medium-bodied, plush and juicy with firm tannins. The seductive mouthfeel is accented by rich flavors of ripe plum, cocoa and subtle spice.
“The 2014 Waymaker, a Cabernet Sauvignon/Syrah based blend, is absolutely delicious. Dark red cherry, mocha, chocolate, licorice and dark spices give the 2014 much of its dark, brooding personality. It will appeal most to readers who enjoy flamboyant reds.”
Nestled among the rolling hills near the town of Paso Robles, Camatta Hills is a 600 acre vineyard planted with Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Mourvedre, and Roussanne. The Cuesta Ridge coastal mountain range to the west protects the valley in which the vineyard sits, allowing for even ripening with hot daytime temperatures balanced by cooling Pacific Ocean breezes and maritime fog in the evenings. Camatta’s incredibly chalky limestone soils lend the grapes their most distinctive characteristics. Restrictive soils and small canopies create vines that must stress themselves to reach moisture and nutrients, resulting in great flavor and tannin development.
The 2014 growing season in Paso Robles was a moderate season with no major heat spikes or overly cool stretches. Another dry year produced small berries with concentrated skin-to-juice ration, providing the wine’s rich color, fruit and depth. Overall, it was a very good season, resulting in rich wines with concentrated flavors and colors with balanced acids.
To maintain the unique characteristics of the different lots from varying areas of the vineyard, each lot is monitored through the vinification process. The wines were then aged in seasoned oak barrels for 16 months to both round and soften the tannins and bring in some additional spice notes. The foundation of the Waymaker is Syrah, a varietal that demonstrates great richness and generosity from Camatta Hills. Cabernet Sauvignon comprises the majority of the balance of the blend, and lends great depth of fruit as well as lifted spice notes. A significant portion of Petite Sirah was blended in for its aromatics and rich, inky color.