2017 Doren Cabernet Sauvignon
Sonoma Valley, California
The 2017 Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Doren family's tiny vineyard in Kenwood, just 10 minutes up the road from Sonoma. Only 4 barrels (about 100 cases) were made of this rare and special Cabernet Sauvignon. Organically farmed (not certified) fruit, native yeast fermentation, and judicious use of oak (25% new, 25% second use and 50% third use French oak), bottling without fining or filtration- it all adds up to a pure expression of the varietal. Dark and generously fruited with plum and blackberry fruit, with a marked herbaceousness recalling cedar, cloves, mocha and moist earth. Powerful but balanced, and really delicious.