2014 Cabernet Sauvignon

  •  Alexander Valley

  • A tall, dark, drink-me-now kind of wine
  • Time to get your berries, cherries, and chocolate on
  • All the poetry of Death Cab for Cutie, but without the death part
Technical Info
  • Blend:
  • 98% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petit Verdot and 1% Malbec. And, in case you think a few percentage points can’t make a big difference, they’re all that separate your DNA from a chimp’s.
  • Alcohol: 13.6%
  • pH: 3.53
  • TA: 0.69g/100ml
  • RS: 0.07g/100ml

The Place

Alexander Valley summer temperatures can climb into the triple digits in the daytime, but they drop in a hurry at night. While this makes it hard to pick a functional outfit, it’s good for Cabernet Sauvignon grapes – which need the heat as well as the chill to stay in balance. Mysteriously fun fact: Alexander Valley sits 30 minutes north of urban legend Sonoma Gravity Hill, where if you park your car in neutral, it seems to roll up the nearby hill. (But please don’t drink and defy gravity.)

Pair It

  • Savory flavors –wine loves ingredients with natural richness, like avocado, coconut milk, butter, and olive oil
  • Hard cheeses – aged cheeses like Jack, Colby, Gouda and Pecorino pack a rich, salty punch
  • Cured or smoked meats – spicy chorizo, bacon, beef jerky
  • Earthy foods – mushrooms, garlic, onions, roasted root veggies
  • Herbs – try some thyme, rosemary or pesto

Serve It

A warm cab is great if you need to get to Midtown on a cold New York winter morning, but less awesome when it’s served with dinner. The ideal temp for red wines is about 65 degrees, which you can usually hit with a quick 10-15 minutes in the fridge. Give it a little swirl in your glass afterwards to help it open up again.

Mix It Up

We think our wines are divine right out of the bottle, but there’s definitely other ways to enjoy them, too. Heat up a bottle of red wine with a cinnamon stick, some orange peel, and a bay leaf to make an old-school wintertime punch. In warmer weather, whip up a simple frozen sangria for your barbecue party. Our go-to Triple Berry Wine Slush recipe has only three ingredients: Cabernet Sauvignon, frozen mixed berries and ginger ale. Freeze the mix, blend it into slush, serve and enjoy.