It’s that time of year again — crisp weather and crunchy leaves beckoning the return of the Cabs! We know some of you have been on the bandwagon all year, but there’s something special about getting back to your red wine roots after a frivolous summer of crisp whites and rosés. It’s rather like pulling on your favorite sweater again for the first time.
Cozy up & greet the season with our very solid lineup of Cabernet favorites from powerhouse AVAs in California and Washington.
90+ Cellars Napa Cabernet Sauvignon
Napa nerds can vouch — not all the valley’s Cabs are created equal. There is much differentiation between Napa’s subregions, and tons of competition that can make finding your favorite style as tricky as it is pricy. 90+ Cellars have sourced the fruit for their Napa Cabernet to make it a little easier on us wine lovers. Coming primarily from an over-130-year-old vineyard in the Rutherford AVA, the grapes picked for this bottling pack all the thick-skinned, cool ripening density promised by the Rutherford name — blackberries, macerated cherries, cedar, and a smooth vanilla and roasted coffee finish.
The Herdsman Cabernet Sauvignon
An especially energetic Cab from some especially energetic winemakers, the Giguiere brothers celebrate their family’s five generations of farming in the Dunnigan Hills, CA, with ‘The Herdsman.’ Having led the charge to establish Dunnigan Hills’ AVA status, they’re a deft hand at highlighting the area’s potential for bright, plush, and full-bodied wines. This 100% estate bottling is fresh and juicy with black raspberry, cassis, blackcurrant, aromatic cracked peppercorn, and a velvety finish of lightly-spiced tannin.
Dixie & Bass Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
From Washington state’s premiere Red Mountain AVA, this reserve wine is a great example of Washington wines’ power and finesse. Red Mountain is specifically hospitable to Cabernet Sauvignon and other thick-skinned grapes, its low rainfall and nightly temperature drop reliably producing fruit of great concentration and complexity. After 22 months in French oak, this baby is packed with fresh blueberry, forest fern, allspice, cassis, mocha, and a long, luxurious finish.
-Aimee Hutchinson | Wine Manager Top Ten Liquors