by Beth Heiserman
My annual vertical tasting is right around the corner and spots are filling up fast. This is a fun and educational event at Reyes Winery. Every wine has a story and I have many to tell about each and every wine.
Our 2013 estate Cabernet Sauvignon has an interesting tale to tell. When the time came last year to send wine in for judging, this was not one on my list to be sent. I hesitated because we only made a small amount, only 48 cases were produced. By mistake this vintage went out instead of the 2015 that I wanted to be judged. The wine ended up winning a silver medal. I guess the mistake was in my favor.
In 2015, I made the decision to only produce two barrels and make it a members-only wine. The remainder of the Cabernet that year went into the collaboration of the 2013 Ryan’s Blend. That is a blend of our estate Cabernet and Merlot with Cabernet and Petit Verdot from Leona Valley.
The 2013 Cabernet is robust, aromatic and complex. I mentioned a few months ago that it won a double gold medal from the most influential international wine competition in America, the San Francisco International Wine Competition. It exhibits black cherry and blackcurrant fruit with a touch of black pepper on the palate. It is a full-bodied wine with a distinctive ripe black cherry and blackcurrant. We aged this vintage for 23 months in French Bordeaux oak barrels.
I have brought this in the tasting room this month as my newest release. Even though it’s a members-only wine, everyone can try it. As long as a wine is on the tasting sheet, non-members can enjoy it as well.
Hopefully you will love our members-wines so much that you will become a member, too! Please ask your server for it to be part of your flight. Make sure and say hello to me when you visit, I love to hear what brought you in. #CabernetDay
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