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APERTURE CABERNET SAUVIGNON OLIVER'S RANCH ALEXANDER VALLEY 2016
Aromas of pencil shavings, cedar and violet show brightly in this vineyard-designate wine. The palate is robustly concentrated and fleshy, its tannins firm and well integrated. Mocha, plum and blueberry define the fruit components that shine alongside plenty of underlying acidity. Virginie Boone 8/1/2019
NVWE Notes: This deeply concentrated Cab is further evidence that Aperture may be the finest representative of its appellation. The wine’s dramatically rich nose is focused on scents of blueberry preserves, blackberry pie, black cherry, violet, black fig, date sugar, licorice root, mace, nutmeg and dark tobacco. It is palate-drenching juicy in the mouth, where polished tannins create no distraction, yet link to the wine’s underlying zest to render the Operatic richness food-friendly. The wine’s youth is somewhat exposed in the lingering finish, where the blueberry-sour cherry fruit core is tightly-coiled. Three years of cellar time will surely produce a stunner, although this is grand Prime Rib wine already. 150 cases made.