New Value Priced California Cabernet’s
BonAnno Cabernet – Meaning “good year”, Bon Anno the Italian saying heralds the celebration of the New Year, and is a fortuitous play on Vintner Matthew Bonanno’s last name. The BonAnno Cabernet Sauvignon fruit was sourced from several prime valley floor vineyards from within the Rutherford bench and St. Helena. In addition there were grapes sourced from the Stags Leap District.
C&B Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet – The Napa Valley Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon benefits from a variety of soils and micro-climates. The largest fraction (54%) comes from two vineyards located between St. Helena and Calistoga, which produced wonderfully perfumed, ripe wines with plenty of classic jammy blackberry fruit. From the gentle, rolling terrain of the Coomsbville area, we added a more elegant but deep colored lot (22%) which brought additional spicy aromatics and lush mouth feel to the blend. Added density came from a hearty, large-scale wine from the hills east of Rutherford (12%) and an equally hearty fraction from a 2500 foot elevation vineyard in the Mayacamas Mountains (12%) which contributed an attractive mocha spice character.
Three Saints Cabernet – What could have been a very difficult vintage for Bordeaux varietals in Santa Ynez Valley, one plagued by cool weather and severe shatter, turned out to produce a surprisingly subtle and nuanced Three Saints Cabernet. This Cabernet has elegance, class and sophistication. Extraordinarily complex aromas of pipe tobacco, sandalwood and wild brier brush are freshened by Santa Cruz blackberry and violet notes. On the palate, the wine is firm, fresh and striking. Blackberry fruit is framed by fine-grained tannins and a cleansing finish.