- Producer: Aperture Cellars
- Winemaker: Jesse Katz
- Region (AVA): Sonoma (Alexander Valley)
- Blend: 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 22% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit Verdot
- Vintage production: 2,040 cases
- Winery location: Healdsburg
- Owners: Jesse Katz
- First vintage: 2015
- Drinking window: 2020-2040
About The Wine
The Aperture Red Blend 2018 is composed of fruit from hillside vineyards, which helps to keep berry size down and concentration strong. The sites are south and southeast facing for the early ripening varietals, and just 50% new oak was used to, ensure the complex fruit shines through.
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 Red Blend 2018
"The 2018 Red Blend is composed of 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 22% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. The nose offers vibrant berry scents with accents of charcuterie, mint chocolate, cigar wrapper, violets and pencil shavings aromas, and the palate is powerful but featherweight, silky and fresh with a very long, layered finish. I love this balance of ripe fruit, mineral nuance, aromatic purity and structural power. This has the potential to grow into even more of a beauty with some time in bottle."
96+ points, Erin Brooks (The Wine Advocate, July 2020)