Lot 450 | 2022 Sonoma Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

Lot 450 | 2022 Sonoma Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml

Regular price$28.00
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$70/bottle under the original label.

Lot 450 comes to us from a single vineyard source on the northeast slope of the mountain, made by a producer whose bountiful '23 harvest led them to make some of their '22 batch available – as always, we were happy to pounce on it for our list.


Available for purchase in the U.S. only excluding AL, AK, AR, DE, HI, MS, ND, RI, UT, WV.
Today, our Cabernet hunt takes us back to the higher elevations.
 
One of the tiniest sub-appellations within Sonoma, the Sonoma Mountain AVA contains only 800 vineyard acres, planted on steep hillsides lifted high over the fog line almost 2,000 ft above sea level. One of the rare AVAs that grows both Cabernet and Pinot Noir of outstanding quality, the Cabs in particular are known for being powerful, yet elegant.
 
Lot 450 comes to us from a single vineyard source on the northeast slope of the mountain, made by a producer whose bountiful '23 harvest led them to make some of their '22 batch available – as always, we were happy to pounce on it for our list. With the original price of entry being $70/bottle, $840/case before shipping charges.
 
Our Offer: $28/bottle.
 
The Sonoma Mountain AVA is a unique harmony of sun, wind, and elevation, with sudden changes in topography allowing for grapes like Cabernet and Zinfandel to thrive in close proximity to cooler climate varietals like Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The microclimates formed by these irregular pockets and crevices nestled within its elevated slopes make it one of the few US regions that offer such a dramatic range of varietal offerings. It’s also home to a rich history – from the earliest European settlers who recognized its growing potential to the modern-day winemakers who combine the latest techniques with an understanding of the land going back generations, this region is steeped in tradition and innovation alike.
 
Lot 450 was meticulously crafted and aged in 30% new French oak barrels for 15 months, exhibiting layers of complexity and depth in a classic expression of mountain fruit grown in volcanic soils. Great attention and detail were paid to the barrel regimen to complement (and not overpower) a Cab with this level of structure, and the result is a dark, concentrated wine that’s a sure bet to please both “Parker-style” fans and purists alike.
 
The wine draws you into the glass through intense aromas of dark fruit and cassis, intermingled with hints of herbs. A deep, focused palate contains richness and depth from start to finish, showcasing medium-grained integrated tannins and a medium acidity that strikes a fine balance between fruit and oak, with fruit overtaking spice from the barrel influence by the slightest of margins on the finish. Not brooding or overly tannic, the taste of black fruits resonates long after the last sip.
 
Any way you slice it, it’s a fabulous mountain Cabernet under $20 that delivers incredible value without compromising on quality. Need we say more?

13.4% alc


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