There's a revolution underway in the mountainous, northeastern reaches of Sonoma. Among the foothills and slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains, some of California's most thrilling Cabernet Sauvignons are emerging to huge critical acclaim. The early work may have been done by stalwarts such as Peter Michael Winery and Vérité Estate, but the crown now belongs to Jesse Katz at Aperture Cellars.
Jesse focuses on higher-altitude sites in Alexander Valley that he's farmed meticulously for over a decade to reach extraordinary levels of excellence.
The Del Rio Vineyard is an exquisite site where the steep hillside create incredibly gorgeous wines with delicate, soft tannins that melt into the juicy dark fruits of this powerful Cabernet.
Oliver Ranch Vineyard was planted by the legendary viticulturist Phil Freese (Opus One) in 1989. The vines grow on a gravelly plateau that helps concentrate the fruit, allowing it to hold remarkable acidity and vibrant freshness.
SJ Ranch Vineyard is a complex 3.2 hectare parcel of gravel and volcanic soils at the top of Chalk Hill, directly adjacent to the iconic Verité Estate. The fog that blankets SJ allows the berries to hang and ripen at a wonderfully slow pace, and the purity and expressiveness of the wines are unmatched.
These sites some together in the irresistible Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. Few Cabs can boast such a balance of complexity and depth, while offering sensational value for money. The is a wine you can sit back and enjoy just as much as you can admire the craftsmanship that went into making it.
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