- Producer: Aperture Cellars
- Winemaker: Jesse Katz
- Region (AVA): Sonoma (Bennett Valley)
- Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 2% Petit Verdot
- Vintage production: 2,950 cases
- Winery location: Healdsburg
- Owners: Jesse Katz
- First vintage: 2009
- Drinking window: 2020-2040
About The Wine
For his Cabernet, Jesse specifically works with some unique sites throughout Alexander Valley that focus on well drained, volcanic soils. With little organic material, these soils help to control vigour and growth and increase concentration and complexity in the wine. Many of these unique soils are in the Eastern hillsides of the appellation and display an amazing rich, red color.
All of the fruit is hand harvested and brought into the winery within hours of being picked. Everything is methodically and obsessively sorted. A cold soak of 4-7 days with minimal air incorporation starts the extraction, and then cool fermentations with native yeast carry out the remaining. Air and temperature are controlled throughout the 14-28 day fermentation and extended maceration is determined lot by lot, walking the fine line of full extraction but still keep an elegant and silky texture. Wines go through malolactic fermentation in barrel and are aged (sur-lees) for 18 months.
Aperture Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
"The 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, 5% Merlot and 2% Petit Verdot. Opaque ruby purple in the glass, it has an incredible perfume loaded with floral nuances, its cassis and boysenberry fruit tempered by a mineral streak and accented by notes of dried thyme, fresh tobacco leaves, mint chocolate, coffee and bay leaves. The palate is stunning, powerful but silky and fresh, lushly fruited and nuanced and finishing very long. While this 2018 is approachable and utterly delicious now, it will reward cellaring and should be very long lived."
97 points, Erin Brooks (The Wine Advocate, July 2020)