The long, moderate growing season of 2016 is responsible for this incredibly well-structured Aperture Cabernet Sauvignon. The cooler weather produced gently ripened fruit that created wines with complex tannins, deep flavors and a silky mouthfeel. A blend of 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot, this wine combines the amazing Merlot harvest from that year with the complex Cabernets that were the result of the mellow temperatures. Scoring a 94 in Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate, this red has flavors of spice and cedar along with the expected warm plums and juicy cherries. A combination of fresh and full-bodied, this Cabernet is an excellent choice to serve at an event where you really need to impress your guests. If you’re serving it to accompany dinner, consider a beef stir-fry or short ribs with a side of roasted broccoli or Brussels sprouts. If appetizers are on the menu, try an aromatic bleu cheese, foie gras, or beef sliders.
The Aperture winery, headed by renowned winemaker Jesse Katz, is making a big splash in the Napa valley. Jesse is committed to the quality of his wines and the integrity of his operation and it shows in every bottle of wine he produces. His vineyards are planted at high elevations on volcanic soil, making for some of the most interesting and complex wines on the market. A relatively new winery, Aperture has the potential to become the next big California cult wine. However, it’s not there yet, so their amazing wines can still be obtained at lower prices. Make sure you grab this one at the very affordable price of $59.99. In fact, get a case of this red. You won’t find another cab with this superb quality at under $60 and we promise you won’t regret it!