The intensely rich, dark ruby of the Geerlings & Wade Cabernet Sauvignon California 2013, while still penetrable, is deeper than we expected for the vintage. Sweet cherry aromatics dominate, are balanced by cherry blossom and briar, and supported by a touch of cocoa and Connecticut greenleaf tobacco. Also a nice but slightly green bouquet shortly thereafter, which would fade away after a short time and present an inviting aroma overall. The wine is explosive, young: juicy bright cherry over plum – the acids are quickly quenched by the fine, youthful tannin (more tea and tobacco) that promise several years of ageability. The Geerlings & Wade collection pays tribute to the Chateau relationships and the history behind the Geerlings & Wade brand, known for supplying great wine values from the best wine makers in the world. The blends are produced by a Napa Valley producer so legendary, we can’t even name names but guarantee the quality in every drop. Our goal is to produce wines that demonstrate the expression of extraordinary vineyards located in Napa, Sonoma and the Central Coast each year into a wine blend of great quality and value. The diversity of our partner vineyards provides us wide stylistic options. Fruit from each component block is harvested, sorted, then gravity fed into either oak or stainless steel fermentation tanks. Once fermentation and maceration are complete, each block wine is aged for up to two years in French oak barrels in our partner caves until just the right time for release.