We are excited to share that the Opolo 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon earned top honors in its class at the 7th Annual Sunset Magazine International Wine Competition held in Sonoma County.

More than 35 judges composed of a prestigious mix of winemakers, journalists and wine trade professionals awarded our 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon with 98 points and a Double Gold medal for the “Best of Class” distinction in the category of “Cabernet Sauvignon $20 to $40.” Judges described the wine as having “deep, complex and integrated tannins.”

“Cabernet Sauvignon has long been a part of our portfolio, and it is now coming on strong for us as recognition for Paso Cabs continues to grow,” says Opolo co-owner David Nichols.

Adds co-owner Rick Quinn, “We have some new vineyards coming on line that will continue to take our Cabernet program to the next level.”

The Winning Wine

Opolo’s 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of fruit from select vineyards located in three distinct AVAs of Paso Robles, enabling winemakers James Schreiner and Chris Rougeot to create a wine of natural depth and complexity.

The blend includes fruit from our Quinn West estate vineyard in the Willow Creek District, a coveted calcareous-rich terroir in the westside coastal mountains. A selection also comes from a site in the El Pomar District, which benefits from cooling marine breezes that flow inland through the Templeton Gap. Finally, a small contribution of fruit from our estate vineyard in the warmer Estrella District layers in a touch of ripe, fruity dimension.

The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon opens with aromas of black cherry, blackberry foam and smoke. A deep, sleek texture reveals black fruit flavors with hints of black olive, toasted marshmallow, caramel cream and roast coffee. Notes of toasted nuttiness and slight tar join lush tannins on a full, juicy finish.

Visit the Opolo estate to experience our Cabernets, Zinfandels and other artisan Paso Robles wines amid a sanctuary setting—and come hungry to enjoy some of our many food offerings.