2015 Aperture Alexander Valley Red Blend

SKU #1344797 93 points James Suckling

 Intense aromas of blackberries and wet earth. Perfumed. A juicy and fruity red with a full body, soft and velvety tannins and a flavorful finish. Savory at the end. A blend of cabernet sauvignon, malbec, merlot and cabernet franc. Drink or hold.  (5/2018)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2015 Red Blend features gregarious notes of crushed blackberries, black cherries and plums with touches of licorice, spice box, dried herbs and cedar chest. Medium to full-bodied, it packs in the vibrant, well-defined black fruit flavors, with a beautiful structure of super ripe tannins and great freshness, finishing long. 92+ (LPB)  (6/2018)

91 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2015 Aperture Red Wine checks in as a blend of 41% Cabernet Sauvignon, 31% Malbec, 25% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Franc that spent 18 months in 60% new French oak. Deep ruby-colored with notes of blackcurrants, tobacco leaf, chocolate, and loamy earth, this beauty hits the palate with a plump, rounded, sexy texture, no hard edges, and a great finish. It's a serious charmer that should drink nicely for 8-10 years, although there's certainly no need to hold off.  (6/2018)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Offers complex flavors of currant, blueberry, blackberry, herb, cedar, gravel and underbrush, yet for all the fruit intensity this has a measure of tenderness and charm. The tannins are ripe, giving this structure. Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Best from 2019 through 2029. (JL)  (11/2017)

K&L Notes

Inspired by my time in the Right Bank of Bordeaux, this vintage has ripe blueberries, floral lavender, and dark chocolate that draws you in. Layers of blackberries and hints of red and black cherries on the palate, this wine has a rich texture with soft, melting tannins.

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Varietal:

Other Red Wines

Country:

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.
Sub-Region:

California

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

Alexander Valley/Russian River

- Among Sonoma County's northernmost appellations, the Alexander Valley AVA acts as a gateway to neighboring Napa to the east and Mendocino to the north. It is a sprawling appellation, with pockets of distinct microclimates and soils, and as such, is home to a variety of wine grapes and styles. Nearly everything grows in the Alexander Valley, though Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the most widely planted grapes. The Russian River Valley lies to the south of Alexander Valley, and is marked by much cooler temperatures and frequently heavy fog. The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grown here are some of the state's finest and most sought-after. Aromatic whites like Gewürztraminer and Riesling can also be successful, and sparkling wine production has a long history in the area.