- 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 composed of 40% Malbec, 34% Merlot, 14% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and 2% Petit Verdot, matured 18 months in barrel. Medium ruby-purple, it has a deep core of Morello cherry fruit with slowly unfolding nuances of dried thyme, damp earth and violet. The medium-bodied palate boasts resolved, chocolate-textured tannins—winemaker Jesse Katz and associate winemaker Hillary Sjolund were able to utilize the new automated pump-over system at Aperture winery. The wine's ripeness is toned down, and it offers bright acidity, finishing with latent character, suggesting this has much more to give with additional bottle time."
95 points, Erin Brooks (The Wine Advocate, July 2022)