Cultivar Red Wines
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Luscious and enticing is the best way to introduce our newest edition, 2015 North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon with aromas of dark cherry, blueberry and light hints of cedar. It is medium bodied with a balance tannins structure for instant gratification blended to drink now with rich flavors of blackcurrant, plum, violet and clove. This wine is built for pleasure.
This stunning wine opens with aromas of raspberries, cardamom, tobacco and earth on the nose. The palate is full of fresh raspberries and black cherries as well as cinnamon and sweet brown spices. It is medium in weight with balanced tannins. This super food-friendly wine would be great with duck or salmon.
Our 2014 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon is a dark ruby red with hues of dark purple and blue. On the nose it draws you in with black current and cassis fruit. Notes of Cedar, tobacco, and floral aromas are mixed with dark cocoa and the classic Rutherford Dust character.
We have used Merlot for a few of the Napa Cabernet wines in small additions to add aromas and structure to the Cabernet. A dark blue colored grape that is known for its softness and fleshiness. With the longer hangtime in Carneros our Merlot developed rich classic characteristics of Merlot with an added richness. Its brilliant red in the glass, with aromas of Dark Cherries, Plums, all spice and sweet vanilla. On the palate its rich and has sweet cherry fruit. A long finish with a touch of tannin. A great match for wild game, lamb and fall dishes.
The Calistoga is dark purple in color, almost black. Dark cherry fruit with black currant notes are intertwined with dark cocoa and coffee notes. Hues of tobacco, black pepper and floral notes bring the nose all together. The Calistoga Cabernet on the palate follows the nose, rich dark cherry and blackcurrant fruit command mouth with fine tannins, spices and cocoa. A long linger rich finish. This is classic Cabernet from Calistoga. We see this wine aging for at least an additional ten years.
There are wines from day one of harvest that capture your attention. The 2013 Atlas Peak is one of those. It had great color and intensity from the start. Dark purple, blue and red colors capture the eye, while aromas of black currant and sweet plum lift from the glass. On the palate, the wine is rich with lush dark fruits, while a touch of oak adds complexity and length to the palate. The tannins are long and integrated. For those of you who had the chance to enjoy our 2012 Howell Mountain, this reminds us of that wine with more richness and depth. While extremely tempting to enjoy now, it will age beautifully for the next decade.
Located just above our Estate Vineyard, on top of the Mayacamas Mountain Range, is Leaky Lake Vineyard. First planted in 2007, the grapes grow on the hillside facing the southeast, resulting in wine with well-developed flavors and structure. The 2013 vintage marks our second single vineyard offering from Cultivar.
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The 2012 Atlas Peak is a deep red color. Right from the start the wine has brighter notes than other Cabernets with more floral and spicey aromas, with a hue of sweet oak. You also taste Red raspberries and cranberry flavors, with a hint of all spice. The wine dances on the palate elegantly and pretty. The fruit has great structure with acidity and tannins. Do let the wine sit in the glass for a few minutes before drinking. A few years of cellaring will be well rewarded.