2018 Chaine d' Or Cabernet Sauvignon Santa Cruz Mountains$39.99
We have been pleased with the great bottles we have been sourcing from the Santa Cruz Mountain AVA recently. The 2018 Chaine d’ Or Cabernet Sauvignon is our best discovery yet. This wine is sourced from vines that are about thirty-five years old from fourteen hundred feet elevation. The vineyard is farmed sustainably, with some organic and bio-dynamic principles being employed. The wine is classic mountain-grown Cabernet at its finest, blended with a small proportion of Merlot and Cabernet Franc. This wine rivals the Mount Eden Estate Cabernet Sauvignon at less than ½ its price! The aroma of wild red and black cassis, underbrush, minerals, game, and some baking spices jump from the glass. On the palate, there is some bright fruit, bright acidity, and some tannins that need to be resolved meaning this wine could use a few years in the cellar. The rare material here is incredible and with some bottle age, this will put most new world Cabernet Sauvignons to shame. This wine is very limited with basically only about one hundred cases produced and comes in at a refreshing 14% alcohol. This is an outstanding Classic Cabernet Sauvignon that will drink way above its price point given some cellar time thus it gets our highest recommendation! Wow!