Once again the beautiful aromas of the Musque clone of Sauvignon Blanc leap from the glass. Generous and persistent stone fruit and tropical notes on the nose lead to peaches and nectarine on the palate. The acidity is balanced and medium to high. This is a rich, high-octane Sauvignon Blanc made from classy fruit that has some serious weight on your palate. A small percentage was fermented in neutral barrels as well as a concrete egg to add depth. The wine has a long finish with bursts of acidity and lemon zest. It is perfect for salads or grilled fish.
The 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet is dark in color, almost a deep black purple. On the nose it is loaded with black currant and cassis. The palate is rich, full bodied and has a touch more tannin than the 2012 and 2013. Black currant, plums and cassis fruit are intertwined with a touch a vanilla from the 25% new French oak we used. A touch of Merlot and Cabernet Franc, about 4% of each add to the complexity. It has a long and lingering finish that lasts about a minute. A perfect match for bold rich dishes and your favorite cut of prime beef.
Cultivar Wine was started by Jody Harris, and Gingy Harris Gable, founders of Caspar Estate. The Estate is a 25 acre property located in the foothills of Napa Valley in Rutherford. It has been family owned and operated since 1962, practicing organic and sustainable farming techniques to preserve, protect and maintain the environment. The property, which now contains fruit trees, over 800 Mission olive trees and about a quarter million honey bees, is an ideal setting for growing grapes, too. About 13 acres of vineyards were planted for Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot grapes. Caspar Estate wines express the unique terroir of the land, with firm tannins, fresh acidity, and remarkable structure.