2013 Bonterra Mendocino/Lake Counties Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1247143 91 points Wine Enthusiast

 Substantive flavors and a rich, tannic texture form a serious profile for this deeply colored, dry and full-bodied wine. It smells like raspberries, tastes deep and concentrated, and has a very firm and nicely astringent mouthfeel. Pour it with a big steak, chop or roast.  (4/2016)

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Staff Image By: Bryan Brick | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/17/2016 | Send Email
Bonterra has long been a leader in the world of organic wines. Before they were cool, hip, en vogue, or rad, Bonterra was producing solid, interesting and incredibly inexpensive wines from certified organic grapes. This Cabernet is a perfect example of just how good their wines can be with tremendous savor and depth. Nicely earthy on the nose with wet red clay, beef jerky and a touch of whole leaf tobacco over a nice core of blueberry fruit, this is much more complex, and much less sweet-tinged, than most of its competitors. That continued dryness is seen on the palate — however, that is not to say that it is astringent or edgy, because it is far from either. Juicy and full of generosity on entry, this is Cabernet in a very pure form with little oak or glycerin getting in the way of the black and green olive, sous bois, leather, pastille and thyme flavors that mesh well over a core of darkly roasted coffee and more blueberry fruit. I think this is better suited for the table than a cocktail but I can see the fans of affordable Bordeaux using it for both.

Staff Image By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/17/2016 | Send Email
Tasted over two days - on day one it showed a unique, mineral-laced tannic structure that made me think we accidentally opened a bottle of Bordeaux. The second day, lifted floral and red fruit tones dominate the palate and the texture is much more juicy and seamless. This is California Cab that's more about structure than sweet fruit and a wine that demands more attention than your everyday $12 red. Give Bonterra's '13 Cabernet a quick decant now, follow over a few days, or cellar for up to a decade. Old-school Cali Cab lovers will enjoy this one, but folks that search for value in Left Bank Bordeaux in the $15 to $30 range will also find a lot to love here as well.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Lake County

Alcohol Content (%): 14.4