- 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
"Still in barrel, the 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon (blended with 3% Merlot and 1% Malbec) has a deep ruby color and bursts from the glass with detailed aromas of violet, tar, cassis, liquid cherries and graphite. This young wine has a stunning perfume! The palate is pure and grainy. Bursts of freshness lift its perfume, and its pure flavors linger a long time in the mouth. 2,800 cases are expected to be made."
95-97 points, Erin Brooks (The Wine Advocate, June 2021)