Cabernet Sauvignon
Scherrer Vineyard, 2019

$ 38.00$ 146.00

This is a unique and exotic expression of Alexander Valley benchland Cabernet Sauvignon. It was aged in small French oak cooperage for about thirty months, with infrequent racking. Bottled without fining or filtration to respect the expression of the site, this 100% varietal wine enjoys both a youthful suppleness and the structure necessary for lengthy storage.

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Winemaker's Notes

I love to open bottles from this vineyard at 10-20 years of age. They appear immortal, which is an asset of ‘classically-styled’ Cabernet Sauvignon from our area. By contrast, what I call the ‘chocolate milkshake’ style that is showy/yummy when freshly made but doesn’t even make it past a decade without decay and decline. To some folks, those wines are simply delicious and consume them very young. Fair enough. But to me this is frankly a wasted opportunity to have a ‘great’ wine. One may as well drink a very delicious young Dolcetto without a potentially $200 price tag.

Here, there’s red fruit, cassis, menthol, pipe tobacco (my dad used to smoke a pipe many years ago-the unburned tobacco smelled great) and fresh plum on the nose. On the mouth, brightly lit red fruit is balanced by shadowy umami-laden notes of grilled portobello mushroom, with a fruity reprise of hibiscus, notes similar to those in the 2020 Pinot Noir as well [Pinot descriptors in a Cab?]. Holding up the non-fruit side of the equation again, freshly tilled loam finds its way into the retro nasal aromas at the end. Having a Cabernet Sauvignon wine with some red fruits and just enough acidity to give a mouth-watering finish is uncommon today and rather exciting.

Day 2 after opening there is a more cohesive aromatic character, kind of like how a lasagna becomes more integrated upon a second heating. It’s the same story on in the mouth. There’s also an overall menthol nuance that emerges as a tiny back note. While meant to age a long time, this can certainly be enjoyed younger. If you want a preview of what’s to come, open bottle and nurse it over a few days.






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