2014 Cabernet Sauvignon
Horne Ranch, Lake County, CA
Beaver Creek Vineyards
What we love
Winemaker Martin Pohl has crafted a deliciously rich Cabernet using grapes grown biodynamically and bottled with only just a tiny bit of sulfur. Ripe dark fruits combine with deep aromas of leather, sweet tobacco, cinnamon stick, and star anise. This full-bodied beauty will no doubt shine next to your steak, but it’s also great to drink on its own after a long day.
About this Wine
The rise of “natural wine” (wines with little to no sulfites) has seen these unusual bottles become a staple at many of the world’s most acclaimed restaurants and championed by sommeliers… but why? Its advocates say that they’re more expressive, emphasizing freshness and fragrance over power and density. If you’re curious how this translates to a difference in taste and smell, Beaver Creek’s Cabernet is the perfect bottle to try out. "Fairytale" is a thoroughly delicious, honest specimen, and you can wink at anyone who asks you how much you paid for it. Enjoy!
- Technical Data:
- Blend: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 6% Cabernet Franc, 16% Petite Sirah
- Alcohol: 14.4%
- Aging: Aged 8 months in 15% new French oak using native yeasts and certified organic grapes.
- Drink now through 2024
Beaver Creek Vineyards
Natural, organic, sustainable. These are buzzwords throughout our "greening" society, especially in the world of wine. We often talk about a wine being made "in the vineyard" and about using "non-interventionist" winemaking techniques. But we often forget to mention just how difficult, costly and time-consuming it is to grow top-tier grapes without the use of artificial fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides. Then, crafting top-tier wines from these grapes without using commercially produced yeasts, enzymes and additives requires even more work and expense.
Well, I am mentioning it now. It is extremely difficult. And, to be completely frank, as just about any sommelier or wine buyer will tell you, most wines that are made "naturally" simply cannot compete with wines made by utilizing all the tricks that modern winemakers have up their sleeves.
This is one reason I am so impressed with the wines from Beaver Creek Vineyards. Across the board, the wines are expressive, balanced and delicious. And somehow, they are able to bring these exceptional, natural, organic, biodynamic wines to market at a competitive price.
Speaking with winemaker and winegrower Martin Pohl, you'd be hard-pressed to find a man more committed to and passionate about organic and biodynamic viticulture and natural winemaking. He and his partners purchased Horne Ranch in Lake County, north of Napa, in 2007. By 2009, its 185 acres were certified organic, with biodynamic certification following in 2010. In the winery, fermentations are all native, wines are unfiltered and sulfite use is kept to the bare minimum. The result is a pure bottle of wine that truly speaks of its origin.
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