2020 Cabernet Sauvignon, Hayes Vineyard, Santa Clara Valley
Notes of juniper, cassis, and pomegranate. Lifted and vibrant on the nose, this wine is fresh on the palate with a juicy, fruit forward finish. Its silky mouth feel with provide drinking pleasure through 2030 with proper cellaring. Pairs well with grilled ribs with a balsamic glaze, baby-back ribs with a garlicky glaze, or an apple bacon burger.
Cabernet Sauvignon is a natural cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc that occurred in Southern France in the 1800s. It also is a major variety used in red Bordeaux wines. In California, Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted red wine grape. A long-season variety, Cabernet requires ample time to fully ripen, resulting in rich, ageworthy wines. It is a fascinating wine to produce, as its various growing locations throughout California, will offer up many unique styles, waiting to be captured by the winemaker.