2013 My Essential California Cabernet Sauvignon
Plum flesh, grapeseed and black-peppercorn aromas introduce this leaner, less-extracted style of wine. The palate shows deep cherry and plum juice with lots of peppery spice and decent tannic structure, and will probably intensify with a bit of patience. (MK)
Producer Note: "This is us meditating a bit on the essence of California. For sure it’s a sunny place and that means ripeness (not over-ripeness) and an abundance of fruit. We also know that grace and girth are not mutually exclusive so we strive to make a red that embraces the generosity of the California sun while remaining elegant, delicate and with a strong sense of place. To achieve this, we’re employing more than one grape. Some of our favorite wines and some of the most well-regarded wines on earth are blends of grapes that grow really well together. Think of Bordeaux or Chateauneuf du Pape or, heck, even some of the most famous and fabulous wines grown on our shores. The lesson is that sometimes more is more. So, for our essential red we’re giving the lead to Cabernet Sauvignon but we’re embracing Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Syrah and Petit Verdot in supporting roles. The grapes are grown in the very special California appellations of Santa Ynez, Happy Canyon and around Buellton. Once vinified, the wine ages for up to 2 years in only old (never new) French wood where it develops and takes on a beautiful patina."