2015 Aperture Cellars Oliver Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Last of the single vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon bottlings we tasted at Aperture Cellars with Lauren. Dark purplish ruby red. Ripe red berries on the nose with some spices, perfume and a touch earthy. Medium tannins (7/10) and full bodied. A bit of heat on the palate with some cassis, black cherries and spices. Not as vast as the Del Rio with a touch of dark cocoa. Needs some time to pull itself together. Dry and gravelly long finish.
This is made up of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Cabernet Franc from the Oliver Ranch Vineyard and cultivated by Phil Freese. Who actually does another one of our favorites - Vilafonté in South Africa. This is aged in 70% new French oak for 20 months.
First stop on our very first trip to Sonoma, and we were not dissappointed. The wines made by Jesse Katz have a ton of finesse, power and character. Definitely a winery for any wine lover or collector to have on their radar. Stay tuned for some exciting new wines coming out in the 2017 vintage, possibly an old vine Zinfandel. Also a must visit for art and photography lovers.
2019 till 2030.
Price Point:$$ - Tasted at the tasting studio in downtown Healdsburg. Release price is $95.00.
Brand new release (3/6) from Aperture Cellars and Jesse Katz.
Deep and dark purplish red. Layered nose with perfume, graphite, cassis, raspberries and crushed gravel. Heavy tannins (7.5/10) and full bodied. Rich and complex on the palate with pencil shavings, black cherries, bramble berries, dark spices, anise, and a touch of blueberries too. Long and lingering finish with minerality holding on.
First time trying these Single Vineyard Cabernets by Jesse Katz and boy were we in for a treat. This bottling is made up of 89% Cabernet Sauvignon and 11% Cabernet Franc. Aged for 20 months in 70% new French oak barrels. The Oliver Ranch Vineyard is located in Alexander Valley and has been cultivated by Phil Freese who is known for his work as a viticulturist at Opus One and the To Kalon Vineyards. Truly a stunning Cabernet from Sonoma.
2019 till 2036.
Price Point:$$$ - Provided as a sample from the winery. Release price is $95.00.