March Madness Winner
It came down to the wire, but with Tuscany folding in the 2nd half against Piedmont, Burgundy’s star shooter missing that second free throw, and the unexpected late snowfall, the unranked newcomer from the North Coast of California did in fact have enough to win it all!
Now before you hold that against them (like we can sometimes), this newish label is really, really different. Pulling fruit from the North Coast (much of it coming from the lower costing Mendecino County along with pricier Sonoma and Napa), blending the Cabernet with other grapes, and producing smaller quantities all lead to value that allowed them to use their massive infrastructure to produce something that is a real pleasing wine.
This year’s blend is 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Petit Verdot, 6% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc, 4% Petite Sirah, 1% Malbec which gives the wine some depth, complexity, and character as well as bringing down production costs to be able to hit the shelf at $17.
Full bodied without being massive, lush delicious ripe fruits with a lose structure, and an affordable price tag makes this an easy everyday wine to drink by itself or with a steak on the patio.