Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016

Produced by Ranch Road Vineyards

This wine is the epitome of a Sonoma County Cab. This small-lot wine is made from the highest-quality mountain fruit in the region and receives extensive sun on its steep and hilly vineyards through the year. Our Cab has notes of juicy blackberry and redwood, reminiscent of its origins. With a lush and velvety vanilla note paired with spicy pepperiness on the backside, this dry Cab is a fan favorite. We recommend serving this wine to accompany a steak or cheddar burger, or saving for date night. This Cabernet can age up to 5 years to open up for further complexity and depth, or you can enjoy it now!

Icons/location pin Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, California
Icons/wine/red California-style Cabernet Sauvignon
Icons/star Rare wine (180 cases produced)
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The details

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Structure
  • Tannin
  • Body
  • Acidity
  • Sweetness
  • Funkiness
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Food Pairing

Grilled Portabello Mushroom, Beef Short Rib, Hamburger, Spaghetti

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Tasting Notes

Blackberry, Black Pepper, Vanilla, Redwood, Bell Pepper

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Noteworthy Topography

Our Cabernet Sauvignon is grown on one of the highest elevations in the Dry Creek AVA, and wineries used to use our fruit for $60-$100 bottles.

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Other

Our Cabernet vineyards used to be former prune orchards.

Sonoma, California

Ranch Road Vineyards

Proudly the highest elevation fruit in Sonoma, Ranch Road Vineyards is a woman-owned wine label celebrating the journey - with wine in hand. Our wines are single-vineyard summery Chardonnay and juicy Cabernet made of grapes grown meticulously in our family vineyards in Healdsburg.

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Nerdy Details

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What's in the bottle
Cabernet Sauvignon (100%)
ABV: 13.8%
Harvest
Cabernet Sauvignon from 35 year old vines from Sonoma County (100%). Harvested on 2016-10-25 .
Winemaking
Aging
Wine was aged for 18 months in a mix of new and neutral barrels.
Bottled on: 2018-04-01

Recommendations

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Loved by 5 Tastemakers
Chloe Jenkins Tastemaker

"This 2016 Cabernet is delicious! It's got beautiful dark blackberry notes and spices and black pepper, and these wonderful velvety tannins. I drank it with some BBQ, and it was a great pairing for grilled chicken and veggies.  You could also enjoy it with some darker, red meat, or a mushroom-based dish, or sharp, aged cheese."

Ashton @thewineMBA Tastemaker

"While the winery itself has only been around a few years, the family's vineyards have produced grapes for some of Napa's most well-known / premium labels for decades. Only recently have they chosen to take their award-winning juice in-house to create their own label. Unfortunately, Ranch Roads was hit incredibly hard by the 2020 Walbridge Fire - the ranch was completely destroyed, and at least 2/3 of the vineyards were heavily affected. Fun fact re: quality - their cab grapes underwent a varietal assessment by UC Davis, and they found that the quality + health of the grapes are in the 99th percentile for Sonoma! No wonder they were able to sell to award-winning brands for so long, right? The Cab has graphite / pencil shaving notes to me, complemented by woody / redwood, blackberry, and plum notes with a slight vanilla finish. Madison told us the vineyard is not only filled with redwoods, but used to be plum fields - so it seems like the grapes have really soaked up and expressed their envirionment! The wine has super chewy tannins, but isn't overly heavy - the acidity is still bright enough to lift it up. This bottle can - and should be! - decanted for a while...at least an hour, maybe even 2. I coravined a glass an hour before I started sipping, and it still developed a ton during our hour-long conversation. It's an incredible value at the listed price and would be killer with a filet or - as we talked about on the meet and greet - chunky bolognese! My entire family LOVED this when we opened the rest of the bottle with filets!"

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