Sutro - Cabernet Sauvignon2016
93% Cabernet Sauvignon
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Wine Enthusiast 90
Dense, chewy oak and tannin dominate in this full-bodied wine that is defined in black currant, cedar and baked cherry. With 7% Merlot, it softens on the midpalate, showcasing nuanced hits of crushed rock and sage.
by VB, Wine Enthusiast , 2020
We are intimately tied to the land where the grapes are grown, where Alice grew up and where she now raises her kids: Warnecke Ranch and Vineyard. Alice’s grandfather established the vineyard in 1973 in the Mayacama Mountain foothills, where Volcanic bedrock meets the banks of the Russian River. Sustainable, regenerative and Carbon-friendly farming practices re?ect Margo Warnecke Merck's dedication and passion as vineyard manager and managing partner for the family grape growing business. Alice assists her aunt Margo in managing the vineyard and is the ?rst in her family to produce vineyard designate wines from Warnecke Ranch under the label SUTRO.
The Warnecke family acknowledges the privilege of being land stewards since 1911 of the ?rst big bend in the Russian River and intend to honor the legacy of the Wappo and Pomo Tribes who were the ?rst to cultivate this land for human use.
Deep and bright red, this is an elegant mouthwatering, fruit forward wine. With grit and power it shows well the volcanic origins of the Meagre Soil on which it grows. Baked plum and cassis and black pepper. Mineral backing of wet slate. High acid gives depth to the tannins. Long finish, attractive wine will age well. Best with fatty foods- cheese, steak, roast duck, pork shoulder.
AGING: French and Hungarian Oak, with 20% New oak
SOIL: Spreckels loam on Volcanic Tuff
GRAPES: Sourced from 45 year old dry-framed Cabernet Sauvignon, some of the original plantings at the historic Warnecke Ranch and Vineyard, yielding a mere 2 tons to the acre, with small berries that pack a lot of character. Grown on the Mayacamas Foothills Benchlands. A stone throw from the Russian River, in Alexander Valley, the warmest region of Sonoma County