- Producer: Aperture
- Winemaker: Jesse Katz
- Region (AVA): Sonoma (Alexander Valley)
- Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Vintage production: 285 cases
- Winery location: Healdsburg
- Owners: Jesse Katz
- First vintage: 2014
- Drinking window: 2020-2040
About The Wine
Coming from the custom vineyard in Alexander Valley that the legendary viticulture specialist Phil Freese planted to showcase one of the best sites in California, this Cabernet always demonstrates a remarkable sense of site. These vines grow on a gravelly plateau that creates well-concentrated fruit that holds remarkable acidity and vibrant freshness.
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 10-15 day fermentation and extended maceration is determined lot-by-lot when Jesse walks the ﬁne line of full extraction but still keeping an elegant and silky texture. Wines go through malolactic fermentation in barrel and are aged (sur-lees) for 22 months. Bottled unﬁned, unﬁltered, and un-acidiﬁed.
Aperture Oliver Ranch Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
"The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Oliver Ranch Vineyard, made of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, is an incredibly alluring wine with a deep ruby-purple color and pure aromas of saffron, cinnamon, warm chocolate, cast iron, sandalwood and loads of floral aromas with a core of lush cassis. The palate is lushly fruited and surprisingly fresh, its fruits cut through with notions of graphite and iron. It has an ultra grainy, pixelated tannic frame and continues to open and evolve on the very long finish. This classically styled Cabernet Sauvignon spent 22 months in 70% new French oak. Around 60% of the fruit this year was dropped after the heat spike, so this will be another smaller cuvée in the Aperture lineup."
98 points, Erin Brooks (The Wine Advocate, July 2020)