- Producer: Aperture
- Winemaker: Jesse Katz
- Region (AVA): Sonoma (Alexander Valley)
- Blend: 89% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Cabernet Franc
- Vintage production:
- Winery location: Healdsburg
- Owners: Jesse Katz
- First vintage:
- 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
"All varietal, the 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon Oliver Ranch has a beautiful nose of bright blueberry and mulberry fruits as well as lots of floral and violet nuances. Already complex aromatically, it’s medium to full-bodied on the palate, with ripe tannins, plenty of mid-palate depth, and a vivid spice of acidity. The tannins are solid here, and this beauty is going to evolve for 15-20 years or more. It's beautifully done and well worth seeking out."
94 points, Jeb Dunnuck (May 2020)