The Pacheco Ranch was re-planted in 1970 and has been farmed since then without irrigation. The 47-year-old vines (at the time of harvest) are deep-rooted and surprisingly vigorous. The vineyard lies at the base of a hill and is partly terraced. The vines are old and gnarled, full of character.
At this historic vineyard, originally planted in 1840, oak, redwood, palm trees, and Cabernet Sauvignon thrive. The 2017 season was warm, and the wine reflects that. Full-bodied and plush with a lot of ripe fruit, this wine is generous and forward. On the palate, the oak takes a back seat to the classic Cabernet flavors of blackberry, cassis, and espresso. The coastal forest surrounds the vineyard and sometimes you can detect a hint of woodland in the aromas.