Goldschmidt Vineyard sources this varietal Cabernet Sauvignon from the Yoeman Vineyard, whose 35-year-old vines tilt south-east along a hillside just north of Geyserville. The fruit was hand harvested, and the wine was brought in ripe and treated to 85 percent new French oak; in short, it was vinified to age.
It’s a saturated, youthful ruby color with a flame pink rim, and the aromatic profile now is wood-dominant, with cola, vanilla, and oaky tannins upstaging its plump red and purple fruits. The main event feels somewhat coffee- or chocolate-inflected, with densely packed blue and black berries top-noted by a drift of juniper and mint. The tannins are medium, and the wine has a nervy, gritty finish.
It’s still somewhat unschooled. Try it in five years.
14.3% abv | $85 (sample)