Austerity
Austerity 2013 Chardonnay and Austerity 2013 Pinot Noir
Chardonnay Vineyard
Pinot Noir Vineyard
  • Wines

    Cabernet 2013 Paso Robles

    2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
    Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County

    Our winemakers work diligently to craft Austerity Cabernet Sauvignon with none of the excess, and all of the character expected of a premier appellation wine.

    We source from up-and-coming regions, like Paso Robles, where grapes capable of producing Cabernet Sauvignon of extraordinary depth and concentration can still be found at an affordable price. In these days when everyone wants to see their dollar go further, we dare say it might be the best investment you’ve made lately.

    Tasting Notes:

    Our robust Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon features ripe cherry aromas followed by licorice and sweet oak. The layered palate features bright red fruits with a bold framework of structured tannins. The depth of flavor is underscored by a long finish.

    Wine Facts:
    Vintage
    2013
    Appellation
    Paso Robles
    Alcohol
    13.5%
    TA
    .64
    PH
    3.60
    RS
    .64%
    Cases Produced
    5,000
    Release Date
    May. 2015

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    Chardonnay 2013 Arroyo Seco

    2013 Chardonnay
    Arroyo Seco, Monterey County

    Our winemakers work diligently to craft Austerity Chardonnay with none of the excess, and all of the character expected of a premier appellation wine. We source from up-and-coming regions, like Monterey’s Arroyo Seco, where grapes capable of producing wines of stellar complexity and richness can still be found at an affordable price. In these days when everyone wants to see their dollar go further, we dare say it might be the best investment you’ve made lately.

    Tasting Notes:

    This creamy, layered Chardonnay features aromas of crème brulee, golden apples and toasted marshmallows. The palate reveals tropical fruit and pineapple flavors complemented by a velvety texture and rich, buttery finish.

    Wine Facts:
    Vintage
    2013
    Appellation
    Arroyo Seco
    Alcohol
    13.6%
    TA
    .57
    PH
    3.58
    RS
    .56%
    Cases Produced
    3,000
    Release Date
    Sept. 2014

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    Chardonnay 2013 Arroyo Seco

    2013 Pinot Noir
    Santa Lucia Highlands
    Monterey County

    Our winemakers work diligently to craft Austerity Pinot Noir with none of the excess, and all of the character expected of a premier appellation wine. We source from up-and-coming regions, like Monterey’s Santa Lucia Highlands, where grapes capable of producing buzz-worthy Pinot Noir of great vibrancy and balance can still be found at an affordable price. In these days when everyone wants to see their dollar go further, we dare say it might be the best investment you’ve made lately.

    Tasting Notes:

    This elegant and opulent Pinot Noir features aromas of cranberries and graham cracker with earthy overtones. The palate reveals ripe red fruit flavors complemented by balanced tannins and a long, lingering finish.

    Wine Facts:
    Vintage
    2013
    Appellation
    Santa Lucia Highlands
    Alcohol
    14.3%
    TA
    .54
    PH
    3.59
    RS
    .49%
    Cases Produced
    4,000
    Release Date
    Sept. 2014

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  • Vineyards

    Cabernet Sauvignon – Pleasant Ridge Vineyard
    Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo County

    Located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along the Central Coast, the Paso Robles AVA is California's fastest growing wine region and largest geographic appellation.

    With a greater day-to-night temperature swing than any other appellation in California, distinct microclimates, diverse soils and a long growing season, Paso Robles is a unique wine region blessed with optimal growing conditions for producing premium and ultra-premium wines.

    Thanks to cool nights, warm days, and typically late rains, Paso Robles vines tend to have a longer growing season and grapes have more hang time compared to other wine regions, resulting in fully mature fruit whose acid chemistry is kept in balance through the area's overnight marine cooling.

    Paso Robles wine country is a land of diversity and contrasts that encompasses river bottoms to rolling hills and flat lands to steep mountains.

    Appellation
    Paso Robles
    AVA Approval
    1983
    Size
    610,246 acres
    Planted
    28,059 acres
    Climate
    Warm days, cool nights, late season rainfall
    Dominant Soils
    Over 45 soil series derived from granite, shale, sandstone & volcanic rocks
    Min/Max Elevations
    628 ft. / 1,980 ft.

    Chardonnay - RLS Vineyard
    Arroyo Seco, Monterey County

    The name Arroyo Seco literally translates as “Dry Riverbed.” However, this small appellation in the center of Monterey County's Salinas Valley is an oasis of viticulture. Arroyo Seco is famous for growing Chardonnay grapes full of tropical fruit and refreshing acidity. These grapes thrive in a mix of gravelly and sandy loam soils, developing complexity in one of California’s longest growing seasons. As the warm midday sun reflects off large river stones , affectionately termed “Greenfield Potatoes” by the locals, they absorb heat during the day and radiate that heat in the evening to prevent the vines from freezing during frigid nights. Later in the afternoon, cool winds pour in from Monterey Bay, refreshing the vines, intensifying the fruit flavors and allowing the grapes to ripen slowly and evenly.

    Appellation
    Arroyo Seco
    AVA Approval
    1983
    Size
    18,240 acres
    Planted
    7,000 acres
    Climate
    Moderate, partially sheltered from breezes
    Dominant Soils
    Garey Sandy Loam, Oceano Loamy Sand, Lockwood Shaly Loam
    Min/Max Elevations
    266 ft. / 1,670 ft.

    Pinot Noir - Smith & Lindley Vineyard
    Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey County

    Perched high above the Salinas Valley in Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands (SLH) is quickly becoming a crown jewel of California viticulture. Enjoying one of California’s longest growing seasons, the SLH AVA features a north-south oriented alluvial terrace with well-drained granitic soils and shelter from the Pacific Ocean by the Santa Lucia Mountains. Many of the vineyards of the SLH are planted on hillside slopes to take full advantage of the bright morning sunshine. Yet the region also benefits from coastal morning fog and afternoon maritime breezes from Monterey Bay, cooling the vines to allow for long, gentle ripening of the grapes. The combination of the soils and the exposure to wind stresses the vines, causing them to put all their energy into the production of fruit rather than the canopy. The resultant berries are small with thick skins, leading to great structure, intense fruit character and depth of flavor in the wines.

    Appellation
    Santa Lucia Highlands
    AVA Approval
    1991
    Size
    22,000 acres
    Planted
    6,100 acres
    Climate
    Cool, steady temperatures & climate
    Dominant Soils
    Chualar Loam, Arroyo Seco Gravelly Loam, Placentia Sandy Loam
    Min/Max Elevations
    98 ft. / 2,349 ft.
  • Winemakers

    Winemaker Mark Rasmussen

    Mark Rasmussen
    Senior Vice President of Winemaking

    In addition to overseeing the Austerity program, Mark Rasmussen serves as SVP of Winemaking for parent winery O’Neill Vintners & Distillers. Prior to O’Neill, Mark spent 12 years with Golden State Vintners (GSV) where he was involved in winemaking and production across multiple wine regions and brands. He also served as GSV’s supervising winemaker for all grape harvest and crush activities – including significant experience working with premium varietal wines throughout California. Mark began his winemaking career in 1977 with Pacific Land and Viticulture and later moved to Sebastiani in 1982, where he became Director of Winemaking. In 1986 Mark started his own company, Global Vin and Beverage, where he was instrumental in the launch of both the Vinterra and Viansa wine brands. He holds an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and a graduate degree in Food Science/Enology from Fresno State University.

    Bob Broman
    Consulting Winemaker

    Winemaker Bob Broman

    Bob Broman is the longtime winemaker for Cecchetti Wine Company and helped launch and manage several best-selling national wine brands, earning multiple “Best Buy” awards from Wine Spectator, Wine Enthusiast and Wine & Spirits along the way. Bob has made wine at some of California’s leading wineries for over 35 years, including stints at Concannon, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Guenoc, Langtry, St . Supery, Cecchetti-Sebastiani and Rutherford Ranch. He has also consulted on some international winemaking projects in France, Republic of Georgia, Italy and Chile. In addition, Bob and his family produce super-premium Napa Valley wines under the Broman Cellars label. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Enology from the University of California, Davis.

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