Another Shore 2019
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Petite Sirah, 5% Merlot · California · 96 Cases
Luxurious but not opulent. Another Shore weaves the blue flavors of cool climate coastal Cab with the signature silkiness of Cab grown on the soils of Northern California’s valley floors. Wet stone and mountain mint on the nose balance dark juicy cherry and a long, delicate body.
Lovingly prepared foods; cassoulet, dal, creamy baba ganoush and colorful crudité. We typically associate Cab with steak and big bold cuts of meat but this blend shines best with veggies. If you’re going to go the steak route, go rare and add french fries and herby butter while you’re at it.
This bottle reminds Jaylee of quiet mornings in charming Colorado ski towns. Open when you're feeling dazzled by the natural beauty around you or need a gift that's gracefully impressive.
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The 2019 wines in this release are from the before time, when each year was a cup filling at the same rate I would drink it down, only to refill the next year. Occasionally the cup would overflow a smidge, but I felt decently in pace with time. 2019 was the last year I could worry about that small bit of overflow pooling on the table—before the cup created an ocean. The vintage matched how I felt. 2019 wines are from an abundant vintage, when the crop and weather were both generous. All I had to worry about was: did I pick each vineyard block a day too early or too late? Did I press the fermentation at just the right moment? The 2019 wines in this release are structured, refined, and smiling. The Another Shore 2019 seems to express having had a particularly rich and easy life, and is dazzling.
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Petite Sirah, 5% Merlot
Cabernet Sauvignon from a mystery vineyard in the Russian River Valley, Sonoma County.
Petite Sirah from Bricarelli Ranch (formerly Benson Ranch), Mendocino County; planted in 2005; dry farmed (no irrigation); farmed by us using only organic products; no use of pesticides, herbicides, or synthetic fertilizers; gravelly loam soils.
Merlot from King Vineyard, Suisun Valley; planted in 1989 on St George rootstock; grown with compost teas and without pesticides and herbicides, clay soils.
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petite Sirah were each harvested by hand and fermented separately before blending. Both the Cabernet and Merlot clusters were 100% destemmed, highlighting the natural flavors reminiscent of dark cherry and wild mint that we find particularly compelling in these varieties when grown in slightly cooler sites. We opted to keep the Petite Sirah portion whole-cluster and the fermentation underwent partial carbonic maceration, which provides just enough tannin and structure to complete this blend. The wine spent 16-months elevage in neutral French oak barrels before final racking and bottling.
Slightly chilled. We like to put this bottle in the fridge for ~20 minutes and enjoy.
13% alcohol. Unfined. Unfiltered. At bottling (February 2021): free SO2 15 mg/L, total SO2 40 mg/L.
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