A 100% varietal from my dad’s vineyard in Alexander Valley. A few barrels of an area here or there may not fit into the other two Cab bottlings I make, so I find somewhere else to put them. I used to call this Vin Rouge, but since most people assumed it was a non-varietal blend, I decided to call it what it probably should have been called from the start. Bright, red fruit, cassis, freshly-tilled loam aromas are followed by snappy, ripe plum and cherry pie on the mouth. Working with the Cab from this vineyard for a decade now, I can see how either 0% or 100% new French oak can work well to different effect. This wine is at the 0% end of the spectrum, which shows the ‘naked’ fruit very well.