Arrowood Cabernet Sauvignon 2014, Knights Valley, CA
Tucked into the foothills of Mount Saint Helena on the remote eastern edge of Sonoma County, Knights Valley experiences a moderated climate, offering a longer and later growing season that develops dark fruit aromatics. The 2014 Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is bold with black forest fruit and spiced plum, offering undertones of roasted coffee and crushed rock. Caramel and anise come through on the palate accompanied by broad tannins and a rich and persistent finish.
Malm Cross Blend 2016, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County, CA$29.00
The Malm Cross Blend 2016 is a blend of Cabernet, Merlot, Cabernet Franc with a bit of Zinfandel and Petit Sirah blended in. Malm Cellars has become one of Sonoma County's best kept secrets! Nearly every activity here including vineyard management, crafting, production, and product distribution, revolves around one man, ex-Sonoma State soccer star turned winemaker, Brendan Malm. Malm's wines quickly exploded onto the oenophile stage, when a bottle drawn from his first barrel captured gold medal honors at the prestigious Orange County Fair. Fifteen years later, Malm Cellars wines are sought after by collectors and connoisseurs alike. The nose blooms first with red cherry, ripe plum and cocoa. The palate is explosive, lush ripe fruits give way to supple tannin, layers of chocolate covered cherries with a touch of peppery spice and firm yet restrained structure. The strong finish lingers with a touch of berries and plum.
Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 2015$84.00
Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 has aromas and flavors which can only be achieved through “hang time” – a technique which chances the loss of crop if early winter sets in. Leaving the fruit to “hang” on the vine unusually long develops suppleness, increases color, and matures the tannins of the grapes.
The wine is abundant in textural tannins yet soft as velvet. Deep purple-black in color, the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon springs from the glass with lifted crème de cassis, violets and chocolate box notes plus hints of lilacs, raspberry leaves, anise and cardamom. The perfumed black fruit preserves and chocolate-laced notes completely pack the full-bodied palate, with soft, velvety tannins and just enough freshness, finishing very long and very spicy. Definitely one for hedonists seeking immediate gratification. 94 Points – Robert Parker
Compassion Without Borders Cabernet Sauvignon 2015$22.00
Here’s your opportunity to help even more. 25% of each sale of the Compassion without Borders Wine goes directly to the Compassion without Borders non-profit group. Compassion without Borders focus their passionate efforts in Mexico and the Central Valley of California where the need is the greatest and where animals are the very least likely to be helped due to financial, geographic, and cultural barriers. Their stunning label is paired with our outstanding 2015 Sonoma County red wine, selected from Brenda Lynch’s best barrels of Cabernet Sauvignon. Tight aromas of new French oak and hints of red and black fruits signal the wine’s youth. Bright fruit flavors combine with caramel and toasty oak in a structured mid palette that explodes into a chewy, dense finish with sweet, ripe tannins. Drinks great now!