Cass Vinicola F 2009

External Review:

Cass Estate Winery in Paso Robles makes some lovely white Rhônes, all from ENTAV clones. The grapes were hand picked at first light to bring them as cold as possible into the winery, where they were pressed immediately, leaving the juice at 48 degrees. This temperature is ideal to minimize bacterial growth, but not too cold for fermentation to begin. The wine was fermented and stored in neutral oak barrels. A delicious combination that blends the floral character of the Viognier with the citrus of the Roussanne and the fruit flavors of the Marsanne, this is a distinctive and satisfying wine. It’s pale and light, with very little color. Aromas are complex and floral, with hints of lilac and lavender, coriander and a hint of lime. The lithe spicy-citrus introduction is followed by a brightly acidic mid-palate that tastes of lemongrass, crisp Asian pear and tangerine. The finish is slightly tropical with pineapple and papayas. The acidity makes this wine ideal for pairing with food: I’d fancy a shrimp salad, anise and cilantro over butter lettuce and a dressing of cider vinegar, papaya, grapeseed oil and coriander.

Add winemaker's notes
  • + My Wines

    My Wines

    Save in My Wines

    Add to Wishlist

    My Cellar

  • + List It
  • + Critic Score

    Submit a Critic Score

    Score:

    Name of Critic:

    Close
0 5 0.5
Average Rating Rate It Add
Cass Winery:
Cass Vineyards and Winery is located in the rolling, oak-studded hills between Paso Robles and Creston on California's beautiful Central Coast. This area that the vineyard calls home offers quiet serenity for the visitor and a perfect growing season for wine grapes. Sited due east of the “Templeton Gap”, we receive the evening's cooling breezes that the west side of Paso Robles is noted for.... Read more
Cass Vineyards and Winery is located in the rolling, oak-studded hills between Paso Robles and Creston on California's beautiful Central Coast. This area that the vineyard calls home offers quiet serenity for the visitor and a perfect growing season for wine grapes. Sited due east of the “Templeton Gap”, we receive the evening's cooling breezes that the west side of Paso Robles is noted for. We also rest far enough from the coast to generate the heat needed to optimally ripen the Rhone varieties grown in our vineyards. One hundred percent of the wines crafted at Cass Winery are Estate Grown. Our vineyard surrounds our Tasting Room and winery. You can literally touch, taste, see and smell the grapes from the block where they were harvested. The Tasting Room offers picnic fare and our chef prepares wine and food pairings daily to enhance the feel of this special environment. Scenic paths lead to oak-shaded picnic areas for our visitors’ complete wine country sensory experience. A unique feature of our wine making is that all of the Rhone grapes we grow are ENTAV certified. ENTAV (Establissement National Technique pour l’Amelioration de la Viticulture) is the national agency of France responsible for the quality of wine grape varieities. Over 90% of all French Vineyards are started with ENTAV certified plants and are only recently available in California. Consequently, these are among the very first wines made from ENTAV grapes grown here. Read less

External Reviews for Cass Vinicola F

External Review
Vintage: 2006 04/07/2011

Cass Estate Winery in Paso Robles makes some lovely white Rhônes, all from ENTAV clones. The grapes were hand picked at first light to bring them as cold as possible into the winery, where they were pressed immediately, leaving the juice at 48 degrees. This temperature is ideal to minimize bacterial growth, but not too cold for fermentation to begin. The wine was fermented and stored in neutral oak barrels. A delicious combination that blends the floral character of the Viognier with the citrus of the Roussanne and the fruit flavors of the Marsanne, this is a distinctive and satisfying wine. It’s pale and light, with very little color. Aromas are complex and floral, with hints of lilac and lavender, coriander and a hint of lime. The lithe spicy-citrus introduction is followed by a brightly acidic mid-palate that tastes of lemongrass, crisp Asian pear and tangerine. The finish is slightly tropical with pineapple and papayas. The acidity makes this wine ideal for pairing with food: I’d fancy a shrimp salad, anise and cilantro over butter lettuce and a dressing of cider vinegar, papaya, grapeseed oil and coriander.




Best Wine Deals

See More Deals »







Snooth Media Network