Aperture Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
The folks behind Aperture believe that wine is an artistic expression as personal and universal as photography. So it only makes sense that father & son, Andy and Jesse Katz would finally find a way to work together to produce stunning wines from California. Andy Katz made his name as one of the greatest photographers of his generation, and his work graces coffee-table books, galleries, and album covers around the globe. While he was traveling the world for his art, he made a point of bringing along his son, Jesse, to experience it all with him. Over the years, they both benefited from an international wine education that even master sommeliers would envy— sipping wine with Olivier Leflaive and his family, working through the famous wine cellar of Cheval Blanc in Bordeaux and in a late-night tasting at Sassicaia were a few of the amazing wine experiences father and son had together.
It has all come full circle now with Aperture: Jesse makes critically acclaimed wine——and Andy supplies the photos. Andy’s vision, Jesse’s taste, smell, and touch… this is a 'dance of the senses' created by two gifted artists. The Aperture Cabernet is made from four hillside Cabernet vineyard sites in Alexander Valley, all with mineral-rich volcanic soils, a mix of eastern hillsides that are South and South West facing with a bench land block that is mostly dry-farmed . The blend is 93% Cabernet Sauvignon and 7% Merlot aged 20 months in 50% new oak, 60 gallon French oak barrels. Unfined, unfiltered and un-acidified.
|Region||California, Sonoma County, Alexander Valley|
Wine AdvocateThe 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon contains 7% Merlot and was aged 18 months in 50% new oak. Medium to deep ruby-purple, it has a mineral-driven nose of gravel dust, cassis, crushed black plum, bay leaf, soil and cocoa with notes of grilled beef, a classy framing of new oak spice and loads of red fruit accents. The palate is medium to full-bodied, rich and plush with mineral and spice seamlessly woven into the fruit layers. It's framed by über ripe, pixelated tannins and fantastic freshness, finishing long and seamless. 2,300 cases produced.
Jeb DunnuckSimilar colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon (100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged in 50% new French oak) offers slightly more graphite and crushed rock as well as rich black fruits, tobacco, cedar pencil, and earthy aromas and flavors. It's a rich, full-bodied, chewy wine that has good acidity, plenty of tannins, and an outstanding finish.
Wine EnthusiastSoft and silky with a backbone of lush velvety texture, this is an impressively delicious wine, tasting of blueberry mocha. With firm integrated tannins and restrained oak, it offers quiet power that persists in layers of flavor and complexity.
Wine SpectatorRipe, with thickly layered plum sauce and warm boysenberry compote notes, lined liberally with mocha and tobacco details. Good grip offsets the forward fruit profile, though the toasty edge is a bit dominant in the end. Drink now through 2024. 2,300 cases made.