Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 

North Coast

Lab Stats:  Alcohol 13.63%   pH 3.98 g/liter

Appellation:  76% Sonoma  10% Lake   6% Napa

Blend:  93% Cabernet Sauvignon   4% Merlot   3% Petite Sirah

Kent Rasmussen Notes:

Cabernet Sauvignon is the king of California’s North Coast.  Nowhere (except the French would say — perhaps in Bordeaux) does it grow so well and taste so good.  Nowhere does the result make a winemaker more proud.  Cabernet is an almost “perfect grape” when well grown….balanced between fruit, astringency, power, perfume and, of course….redness.  I love Cab and always have.

The 2014 Ramsay Cabernet Sauvignon was a fun wine to make.  For years now, I have been searching California’s North Coast high-and-low for really nice vineyards farmed by really engaged farmers who value quality above all else in their work.  At this point I feel like I have found a set of grapes that, year after year, are providing the blended, synergistic spectrum of flavors and smells that I think makes up really good Cabernet.  Most of the fruit comes from Sonoma, but there are a couple of vineyard lots from the Napa Valley, Lake County and even one from California’s center that make the harmonious whole.

 

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