- Producer: Aperture Cellars
- Winemaker: Jesse Katz
- Region (AVA): Sonoma (Alexander Valley)
- Blend: 40% Malbec, 34% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc, 2% Petit Verdot
- Vintage production: c.2,200 cases
- Winery location: Healdsburg
- Owners: Jesse Katz
- First vintage: 2015
- Drinking window: 2021-2041
About The Wine
The Aperture Red Blend 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 2019
"The 2019 Bordeaux Red Blend is a barrel sample composed of 40% Malbec, 34% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot. Deep ruby-purple in color, the nose bursts with lilac perfume, Morello cherries, cured meats, star anise, tar and a mineral undercurrent. The palate is pixelated and lifted with glorious perfume lingering on the very long finish. It is due to be bottled in June and 2,200 cases are expected to be made."
95-97 points, Erin Brooks (The Wine Advocate, June 2021)