Fall 2015 Wine Club Shipment
Varieties are the Spice of Life
Back in the days before California wines came onto the scene and made White Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon household names, wines were labeled with the region and more specifically the Chateau, in which they were produced. You've probably heard of Bordeaux, Burgundy, Loire- just to mention a few. As Americans looking to make our mark on the very well established and highly regarded wine industry back in the disco-lovin' 1970s, we opted to begin producing and labeling wines by specific grape varieties. By the time we started producing wine in 1996, Cabernet Sauvignon was a rockstar in the red wine world (thank you Silver Oak, Stag's Leap, Jordan, and others!) and the variety that would become the constituent of our flagship wine.
If it seems like a number of our wine club shipments over the past few years have been all about that Cab, you are correct. The first grape planted in our vineyard and the one that makes up 35% of all the grapes we grow, Cab Sauv has been and continues to be very prominent in the wines we produce, both as single varietal and blend projects. This shipment includes two vintages of our varietal Cabernet Sauvignon- the 2012 (in a half-size bottle- perfect for one!) and the 2013. A mini-vertical, these Cabs are a great way to discover the differences in structure and flavor from one season to the next. The third wine included in this shipment is the newly bottled and as yet to-be released, 2014 Cabernet Franc. A lighter and brighter wine than the Cab Sauvs, the Cab Franc still provides a picture of seasonal variation and can add more fun to a comparative tasting as it is one of the parent grapes (with Sauvignon Blanc) of Cab Sauv. Whether you decide to try them side-by-side or one at a time, we'd love to know what you think!
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Jay & Jennifer Christianson
Owners / Winemakers