Recently, I've been enjoying Trinité Estate's 'Acaibo' from the Lurton family's property in Sonoma. I have been looking to expand the Sonoma selections featured in my program (I like what I have from Napa, Santa Cruz, etc but always love to hear suggestions) that lean more 'old world' (sorry to use the term). Obviously Verité would come to mind and I do have some older vintages. However I'm looking for a lower price tier (and I believe their style has shifted a bit). I was hoping to open a discussion up on great Sonoma cabernet and cabernet based wines (or right bank style blends, or just interesting things that are off the radar) that I should pay attention to and get my hands on.
Thanks so much for your input!
Calluna is 100% up your alley - beautiful acidity and restrained fruit coming from Chalk Hill. David Jeffrey makes killer wines (all estate grapes) - he trained with Alain Raynaud (Quinalt l'Enclos) before starting the project.
Their Calluna "CVC" is very fairly priced - it's a traditional bordeaux blend. It wholesales for around the mid-low 20's here in CA
Hawkes Winery also makes some darn tasty Cabernet in Alexander Valley for old world palates.
If you need other "old-world" wineries from Sonoma, definitely check out Porter Creek in RRV - their wines are spectacular (all killer, no filler in their lineup).
That Hawke's "Pyramid Vineyard" is delicious!
You can usually find some old Sonoma Vineyards(original Rodney Strong) and Kistler Cabernet from the '80s at auction every now and again. Some older Peter Michael will be less than Verite and provide insight into how a fuller, more luxurious style of Bordeaux inspired blends from Sonoma are aging.
Surprised no one's mentioned it yet but Enfield's Sonoma Coast Cabernet Sauvignon is truly outstanding. And not that expensive.
Definitely agree with Jason on Laurel Glen. Look out for early 90s Chateau St Jean "Cinq Cepages" and Arrowood "Reserve" Cab. Current releases of Scherrer are really good, as are older ones if you can find them.
The 2016 Bedrock Montecillo Vineyard Cabernet is awesome. Highly recommended in this style.
You beat me to it, Andy! Calluna Estate happens to be right next door to the Lurton project you mentioned. Beautiful Bordeaux styled blends and now he's making a really good white also. The CVC is almost impossible to beat for the price.
Just wanted to thank everyone for their input. I am in the process of figuring out what I can get my hands on. Waiting for Enfield’s fall shipment to my local distributor. Already am pretty thrilled with what they’ve done with tempranillo.