• Producer: Aperture Cellars
  • Winemaker: Jesse Katz
  • Region (AVA): Sonoma (Alexander Valley)
  • Blend: 96% Cabernet Sauvignon, 3% Merlot, 1% Malbec
  • Vintage production: c.2,800 cases
  • Winery location: Healdsburg
  • Owners: Jesse Katz
  • First vintage: 2009
  • Drinking window: 2021-2041


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 2019

  • "The 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, blended with 3% Merlot and 1% Malbec, explodes with a detailed fragrance of violet, mint leaves, Morello cherries and blueberries, with touches of graphite. The palate is velvety and fresh, with concentrated, ripe fruits that continue to unfold as it glides across the palate to a long finish. Winemaker Jesse Katz and associate winemaker Hillary Sjolund note that this is the first vintage that Cabernet Sauvignon has made up so much of the blend."

    95 points, Erin Brooks (The Wine Advocate, July 2022)