2018 Barrique Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

2018 Barrique Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon

¥3,630 (incl. tax)

Brack Mountain’s goal for labels such as Barrique is to make high quality but affordable wine from esteemed vineyard sites in Sonoma County using old world methods, such as picking fruit at lower brix (for brighter acidity), using low temperature fermentations using indigenous/vineyard yeasts, and aging in neutral French oak. Developed for the restaurant trade in particular, Barrique Cabernet Sauvignon enhances a meal without overwhelming the flavors in the dish. The deep purple color and dark berry flavors derive from the winery’s method of sourcing fruit from both warm and cool sites in the Dry Creek and Knight’s valleys, gently destemming - but not crushing - the grapes before giving them an extended maceration of 21 days. The aromas and flavors of blackberries, plums and toasty notes are wrapped in an elegant structure of fresh, silky tannins and moderate alcohol. 

Winery


Winery Description

Founded in 2008 and located in Sebastopol, Sonoma County, the Brack Mountain Wine Company takes an approach to making and marketing wine they believe is more in tune with the 21st century. It operates neither as a “chateau” (no iconic buildings, sprawling estate vineyards, gardens, or caves) nor as a “negociant” bottler of bulk wine. Instead, the company focuses its attention entirely on the craft of producing fine wine. This begins with establishing long-term relationships with growers who farm vineyards sustainably. Whereas Brack Mountain does own a small property in the Dry Creek Valley, most of their production is sourced from excellent vineyards throughout Sonoma County as well as Napa, Mendocino and the Central Coast. BMWC produces a wide range of wines, including appellation and single-vineyard bottlings, varietal wines and blends, coastal Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays, Sonoma and Napa Cabs, old-vine Zins and even such obscure varietals as Pinot Gris, Verdelho, and Charbono. Rather than bottle the whole gamut of styles and AVAs under one label, BMWC sells them under 17 different brand names - each with a unique and eye-catching label. In this way, wines from different subregions or in different price categories are given a unique identity, and the company has more versatility in targeting different markets, such as restaurants, wine bars, connoisseurs or millennials. Despite the variety, one thing remains constant: winemaking. All the wines are produced in small lots and in a style that emphasizes freshness, balance, age worthiness, and moderate levels of alcohol. Avoiding many of the costs of running a traditional winery, BMWC can afford to use such artisanal methods as natural yeast fermentations and French oak aging with even its most value-oriented labels.

Barrique offers a fresh take on the classic varieties of Sonoma County. The wines are made by blending the fruit of low-yielding vineyards in different sub-regions and may come with either an AVA or region designation. Combining old-world craft methods with modern technologies, Barrique graces the home or restaurant table with wines that are vibrant, fresh and modest in alcoholic strength. With Barrique, the search for an affordable California boutique wine is finally over!

About this Wine


Country USA
Region California
Appellation(s) Sonoma County
Winery Barrique
Vintage 2018
Color Red
Varietal(s) Cabernet Sauvignon
Closure Cork
Volume 750ml
Bottle Size 7.6 x 30.0
Case Size 31.5 x 24.5 x 30.5
Alcohol 13.9%
Product Code BA18CB
UPC 793573135360

Owning & Enjoying


Tasting notes

The wine starts with plum, blackberry and toasty notes and follows with dark fruit flavors and dusty tannins on the palate. The silky mouthfeel carries cassis and berry through a long finish.

Production


Vinification

Fermented in stainless steel and aged in 30% new French for 18 months.

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