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Originating from the rich clay loam soils of an old vine California chenin blanc site, this brightly lifted wine gives nuanced notes of quince, apple, and stone fruits with a weighted foundation provided by a delicate barrel influence.
“Mineral, stone fruit and earth are interwoven within a framework of sizzling acidity in this roundly textured, lightly ripe and impressive white wine." -Virginie Boone, Wine Enthusiast
The striking array of intricate tropical flavors and the stunning bouquet of floral aromatics in the 2019 Sauvignon Blanc demonstrates a decadent expression of the varietal.
Our custom barrel-fermentation, adapted from winemaker Jesse Katz's experience at Haut-Brion in Bordeaux, creates a distinct richness on the palate that is balanced by the varietal's quintessential bright, natural acidity. The 2019 white wines were the first to be crafted entirely at the new Aperture winery in Healdsburg, CA.
“Being able to make these wines in our new facility allowed us to execute at an even higher level of precision. The 2019 vintage is hands down my favorite vintage of white wines we have ever produced." - Winemaker Jesse Katz.
Aperture's expression of this Alexander Valley site shows defined blue fruit notes with a subtle layer of delicate earth and stone characteristics. Gaining in concentration and complexity this wine is held with well-structured tannins and an underlying elegance. 100% cabernet sauvignon, this distinctive wine carries with it a profound sense of place.
“This vintage represents some of the purest expressions of Cabernet Sauvignon I have ever made. The wines have a remarkable intensity and are built for longevity." -Winemaker, Jesse Katz
This small-production offering showcases a dark-fruit mix of wild berries and cassis on the palate, lifted by hints of fresh flowers on the nose. The fruit hails exclusively from SJ Ranch Vineyard, a 7.9-acre parcel at the top of Chalk Hill, directly adjacent to the legendary Verité vineyards on Thomas Road.
“Nicely focused elegant texture ripe tannins and nicely integrated acidity all point to an outstanding California cabernet that will keep for at least 10-15 years." - Jeb Dunnuck
This single-vineyard blend demonstrates a uniquely refined composition that achieves spectacular fruit richness balanced by bright natural acidity.
Oliver Ranch, planted by the viticulture legend, Phil Freese who leads the Aperture viticulture practices today, is a pristine example of precise vineyard planning and how that shapes the resulting wine. These vines are perfectly suited to the exact home in which they have flourished.
“Intense yet elegant...very impressive." -Wine Spectator
The 2017 Red Blend demonstrates a rich concentration of deep red fruits. Ripe currants combined with fresh raspberries and cherries, carrying with them a bright acidity. Laying in delicate violets and subtle tobacco the wine extends with a long, spice-driven finish. The tannins are well integrated and the texture elegant and silky, making this a wine that is drinking beautifully now and will continue to reward with cellaring.
Almost equally divided, with 52% malbec and 48% merlot and aged 18 months in 50% new French oak, this blend uniquely demonstrates the beauty achieved from a collection of our best-performing clay soil vineyard blocks.
Focusing first on the cabernet fruit from four mineral-rich, volcanic soil sites nestled on cooler hillside slopes in the Alexander Valley, this vintage's blend is uniquely crafted with delicate inclusions of merlot and malbec.
85% cabernet sauvignon, 8% malbec, 7% merlot, the 2017 Aperture Cabernet is full-bodied and elegant, offering layered, ripe fruit impressions - blackberries, cassis, and ripe blueberries. The mouthfeel is dense and round, with smooth, expertly structured tannins and subtle dark chocolate, vanilla bean and light spice notes leading to an extended and lasting finish.
This set includes three Aperture wines, our 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, our 2017 Bordeaux Blend Blend, and our 2017 Oliver Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon.
We collaborated with Top Chef Master and good friend Doug Keane to find the perfect dinning in pairing for you to recreate at home. This set includes Keane's Grilled NY Strip with “creamed” Sweet Spring Corn and Arugula recipe created specifically for the 2017 Aperture Oliver Ranch Cabernet. We hope you enjoy this pairing from the comfort of your home!