LPF is our exploration of the Adelaida District in Westside Paso. We love Cabernet Sauvignon. And in our urge to find the best, we explore great vineyards. We believe the vineyard blocks of LPF make for a fantastic varietal Cabernet Sauvignon.
You needn’t be a Keynesian economist to appreciate the Liquidity Preference Function (LPF) - to save or to consume. We leave it to you to determine whether your rate of interest for LPF is: savor now or cellar for later?
To abstain from the enjoyment which is in our power, or to seek distant rather than the immediate, are among the most painful exertions of the human will. - N.W. Senior (1836)
Vintage 2012 winemaker's notes
118 cases produced. Cabernet Sauvignon 88% with 12% of Petit Verdot.
As an ally, Petit Verdot supports, without imposing character. It helps express the intrinsic density and complexity of Cab. And this is serious Cab! A Cabernet without limitations! A Cab that Napa would be happy to call its own, but that shows authentically as Paso Robles. A demonstration of what Paso can be!
A nose full of nuances. Small details that invite exploration. Purpose. An older generation would call it masculine, but I say seriousness and intensity. Authority. If a woman, a Golda Meir, a Margaret Thacher. If a man, a Churchill. In the mouth, density of texture. A bedsheet of high-knot-count. Physical sensations of smoothness and size at the same time. Structure without aggression. Dark fruit. Cassis. Notes of broken rocks and some saltiness in the back of the mouth. And a minute-plus length of aftertaste that speaks of great ageability. This is the Cabernet I’ve always wanted to make in Mendoza, Argentina, but never could. Different than Cardinal as Cardinal shows vineyard personality. LPF shows pure varietal Cabernet character.
Youthfully tight to start despite the solid, deep credentials of its curranty, black cherry and minerally, graphitey personality, this full-bodied bottling fills the mouth with its clear, slightly beamy palatal impressions and concentrated flavors. It is nowhere ready to drink and will find rounder, more supple ways over the next half-dozen years, but there will be those who will be more than pleased to serve it alongside savory beef or lamb roasts sooner than that.
93 points; Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine December 2015
LPF is an elegant spicy blend of 88% Cabernet Sauvignon and 12% Petit Verdot. Compared to Cardinal, it offers richer dark fruit flavors is more refined with excellent balance and overall polish. Aged 28 months in new French oak.
93 points; International Wine Review January 2016
Strikingly complex, plush and layered, brimming with juicy plum and blackberry flavors, shaded by spicy, cedary oak and ending with mildly gripping tannins that give the flavors depth and traction. Drink now through 2026.
92 points; Wine Spectator March 2016
A fresh, balanced Cabernet Sauvignon with currant, lavender and violet aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, fine tannins and a fresh acid backbone. Drink or hold.
92 points; James Suckling October 2015
Silky texture with deep, rich plum and cassis; elegant, smooth and lush with delth and lovely balance.
92 points; Tasting Panel Magazine December 2015
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Vintage 2011 winemaker's notes
2011 was a strange year for us. If you can call a third year in any activity strange! Maybe it is our lack of experience in Paso...but no, even seasoned Paso hands were commenting on it. On one hand, a worrisome data point: It was our latest harvest ever and the latest for the area in many, many years. On the other hand, the evidence of our senses tasting the grapes: the flavor development was very slow, but those flavors…mama mia! Superb freshness! No enormous tannin structures; instead a vivid fruit juiciness in the berries when close to harvest. So we’ve followed the growth of these wines with a lot of interest!
The theme of this wine is the one I’ve been talking about for all 2011’s: tightly knit fruit texture, medium-sized tannin structure, and a “sexiness” of juicy appeal that has the focus of a blue laser in your nose and palate. Dark and red fruits interlaced with some minerality that gives it a sense of place. Superb length in mouth with echoes of blue colors (my personal metaphor, sorry!) both in the nose and in the back of your mouth once the glass is empty.
Our Cabernet yield was tiny - barely one-half of a ton per acre. 135 cases made. 13.5% alcohol.
A fruit forward nose of blackberry, blue plum, violet and camphor. The palate is focused on lush fruit with a solid acid structure and notes of delicate florals. Drink 2015 - 2024.
92 points; purely domestic wine report April 2015
100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from Old Bailey, one of Paso Robles‘ oldest Cabernet vineyards planted in 1964. With yields of 0.6 tons/acre, this vineyard produces highly concentrated earthy grapes of black currant and cassis. With 27 months in oak, concentrated earthy flavors, and firm round tannins, this Cabernet Sauvignon is an excellent offering that should be enjoyed over the next ten years or longer.
92 points; International Wine Review January 21, 2015
Vintage 2009 reviews
Well-structured, this combines pure, ripe, juicy blackberry, wild berry and cherry notes with dusty cedary oak and loamy earth shadings. Firms nicely on the finish. Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Drink now through 2024. 75 cases made.
92 points; WS November 15, 2013
This is a huge, complex wine, filled with currant, cocoa and dried herb flavors wrapped into dusty tannins. It’s dry, elegant and even ageworthy. The richness is balanced by crisp acidity, like a squirt of lime juice that makes the dark fruit dance. Drink now–2017.
92 points; Wine Enthusiast July 1, 2013
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