2014 ARBOR BENCH “ESTATE” CABERNET SAUVIGNON, DRY CREEK VALLEY
Most people might think of world-class Zinfandel when they think of Dry Creek Valley, however there’s a lot more to love about California’s oldest AVA. With roots going back more than 140 years, it’s among the longest in the New World. The fertile landscape provides exceptional fruit to over 70 wineries, the majority of which are family owned. And while the area might be best known for Zinfandel, there are pockets that produce exceptional Cabernet. With an obvious difference in terroir and micro-climate, this Cabernet has a hedonistic mix of majestic fruits laced with savory undertones that makes it unique.
This beautiful Cabernet is created by veteran winemaker Christopher Markell, whose nearly four decades of winemaking experience shines bright. Peaking from nearly two years in French oak and made from 100% Estate grown fruit, it saturates your taste buds in brilliantly expressive, yet supple flavors of Mountain berries, black chocolates, tobacco leaf and baking spices. This wine is irresistible now, yet will age gracefully for another 7-8 years. I highly recommend a case.
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