What a wine. I look down to see the 2020-2025 drinking window on Cellartracker, and can't help but thinking that this probably would be the best window if I had any willpower at all. Unfortunately I don't...therefore find the cork out of this one after a 2012 Gargiulo G Major 7 has been successfully polished. This has to be one of the better Cabs coming out of Geyserville IMO, and this producer knows a thing or two about cab having planted the first cab vines in Alexander Valley. Powerful blackberry and meaty nose. The entry is all blackberry, medium+ to full bodied, with a licorice note in the middle, leather and spice. Finishes very stiff, and this is where I think this wine will improve in the next five years. But this one is in NO HURRY of showing its complexity. Already drinking rather well and very happy that I have a mag of this one set aside. — 8 days ago
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. Drink from 2019 till 2036. (92+)
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.
$$$ - Sample provided by the winery. Release price is $95.00. — a month ago
I noticed on my recent trip to Napa that many wineries are starting to produce Petit Verdot bottles. That being said, not many people can do it very well. In fact, aside from the Hope & Grace PV, this is the best I’ve had in terms of ones I’d purchase again. Needs a solid 60-90mins to open. Chalky, blackberries, currant, and quite earthy on the nose. Still evolving on the palate and finish, but mainly blackberry and an earthy, tannic structure. Great potential. — 20 days ago
Inaugural vintage of a brand new winery with Jesse Katz as their winemaker.
Super dark and deep purplish red. Extracted nose with gunpowder, coconut, cassis and dark cocoa. Just a baby and wound pretty tightly. Medium plus (7/10) and medium plus to full bodied. Silky mouthfeel with dark coca, graphite, blueberries and crushed purple flowers. Don’t forget the lingering minerality. Solid potential needs a year or so to develop. Drink from 2019 till 2029.
The Setting Wines is a new winery with wines made by Jesse Katz of Aperture Cellars and Devil Proof. This is the maiden vintage of their Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon which comes from the SJ Vineyard in the south eastern corner of Alexander Valley directly next to Verite. Made up of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and aged in 70% new French oak barrels for 20 months with the use of three cooperages (Bel Air, Gamba, Taransaud). Only 500 cases produced or 20 barrels.
$$$ - Sample provided by the winery. Release price is $85.00. (91+)
— a month ago
I bought into the hype of this alleged 97RP wine. I think it may be a sold 97 if you were considering the supermarket category solely. The label certainly qualifies it for this!
Overall, this is a nice wine but it is not the most complex. The residual sugar is a touch high and the oak treatment a bit too too. Certainly a crowd pleaser and I’m glad I picked it up for $33. — 20 days ago
The 2014 is out! Rich, juicy, and palate coating. Blackberry pie and chocolate flavors. Thick and velvety. One to drink now and not for cellaring. Will be a crowd-pleaser. High QPR. — 2 days ago