J. Rickards, Serpentine Ridge, Cabernet Sauvignon
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J. Rickards, Serpentine Ridge, Cabernet Sauvignon - 2018

Item # 42081 750mL
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Tasting Notes

Winemaker Jim Rickards' winery is located on the northern end of Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. While this Cabernet boasts dark berried fruits, there are tannins to add a solid backbone and making this a richer style of wine. Aged in French oak for two years, 30% of which was new. Our Reserve Cabernet is aged in 100% French oak barrels, with 50% new oak, for 18 months. The wine is balanced with a structure and age-worthiness which will continue to improve in bottle for the next 10+ years.


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Staff Pick Notes

A foe to farmers and gardeners, serpentine, a blue/green quartz-like rock, is at home on the California coast. The state rock of California is found in abundance in the northern Alexander Valley where J. Rickards have their sustainable farm. Owners Jim and Eliza Rickards not only produce wonderful wines, they also sell their grapes to wineries (such as Silver Oak for their Alexander Valley bottling). The serpentine rock makes the grapes dig down deep to find nutrients and water. The results are concentrated berries that offer fruit-forward, structured wines. With the combination of an excellent 2018 vintage, this big, bold wine has a freshness that lightens up the palate. This is a wine to buy a case of and see the wonderful transformation over the next five to ten years. Outstanding with your next grilled rib-eye steak.

- MHG

Astor's Glossary of Terms

California

California makes more wine than any other state in the United States. Not only does the state grow a variety of noble grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also plantings of lesser-known varieties such as Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Mourvèdre to name just a few.

Cabernet Sauvignon

The result of an illicit affair a hundred-odd years ago between Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon today enjoys more worldwide popularity than both of its parents combined. It is the principal grape of Bordeaux, and as such has rightly earned its place among the greatest and most long-lived wines of the Old World; of course, it is also the most heralded grape of California,...

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