2016 R8 Cabernet
North Coast, California
100% Cabernet sourced from top vineyards throughout the North Coast. Ripe flavors and polished yet vibrant tannins provide for a full bodied, varietally-correct and easy-drinking style that is uncommon in wines at this price. This wine should be enjoyed in its youth with rich, flavorful food.
When Michael Lancaster, winemaker and co-owner of Tin Barn Vineyards in Sonoma CA, fled the corporate world, he did so on two wheels, pedaling through some of the world’s most fabled wine regions. Returning to his native Toronto a year later, he knew he’d never wear a suit and tie again. Michael headed to Northern California to attend the renowned University of California at Davis enology program. After working for Gloria Ferrer Champagne Caves, he moved to Quail Ridge Cellars, where he was eventually promoted to winemaker. In 2000, Michael formed a partnership with friends and launched Tin Barn Vineyards, a label that concentrates on single vineyard wines. R8 Wine Co. is a "second Label" project that was created to leverage Michael's vineyard sourcing and winemaking skill to create wines of exceptional quality at prices that encourage sharing and enjoyment.