Fratelli Perata 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Riserva

Posted on August 7, 2014

The Perata brothers joined the budding wine region of Paso Robles in 1977 when they purchased a 40-acre plot just west of Highway 101. The Fratelli Perata winery was bonded in 1987, just a few years after Paso Robles was granted appellation status. Ever since, the family have been producing single vineyard wines of character on site. 

Fratelli Perata presses all their Cabernet Sauvignon directly into new French oak barrels after fermentation. After two years of maturation, the family sets aside the best for their riserva. Its complexity and structure are aimed with aging in mind.


Winery - Fratelli Perata Winery

Location - Paso Robles, California

Wine - Fratelli Perata 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Riserva

Grape Varieties - Cabernet Sauvignon

Appellation - Paso Robles

Alcohol - 13.0% v/v

Price - N/A (sorry, I forgot!)

Nose/Aroma - Beautiful rich earthiness made the first impression, along with olives, black cherries, and tobacco.

Palate/Flavors - Black cherry and plum, earthy tones, and semi-sweet oak spice that is slightly reminiscent of clove. Very well balanced and integrated, medium-full body with nice acid structure; not particularly astringent. Length finish of dried fruit.

Food Pairing - With its age, I would recommend enjoying it on its own. That being said, a nice mushroom stroganoff or a hearty ribeye steak would work deliciously.

Comments - This wine has aged very well and seems to be in its prime now. This was actually the first wine my father and I purchased together during a wine tasting trip just after my 21st birthday, and I am happily planning to hold on to a second bottle of this vintage for another year or two.