Charles Wetmore was a pioneer for winegrowing in America, specifically in Livermore Valley, the Cabernet Sauvignon loving region conveniently located about 30 minutes outside of San Francisco. In the mid-1800’s Wetmore brought Cabernet Sauvignon cuttings to Livermore from Bordeaux’s prestigious Chateau Margaux, planting the precious plants in the gravelly soils of Livermore and changing it’s wine path forever. Adapting beautifully, the variety flourished, and today is still one of the most celebrated in the AVA. Historic Wente Vineyards Wetmore Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon ($35) is concentrated and complex, delivering a wine you would think costs much more than it’s modest price tag for the quality delivered. With black fruits, licorice, baking spice, like cinnamon and clove, the well-rounded wine finishes with a touch of vanilla and cedar on the lingering palate.
I love a good blend, especially one crafted with care to represent the best of the fruit and the soils it comes from. Napa Valley’s Alpha Omega Proprietary Red wine ($106) is just that. Blending predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon with classic Bordeaux accompaniments (Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc) the lush wine leaps from the glass with layers of wild cherry, fresh thyme, lilac, and chocolate. Bold, yet soft on the palate, the balance of tannin and acid ensures enjoyment from start to finish. Pair with grilled steaks, braised beef, or aged gouda or parmesan. #Cheers!
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