2017 Margarett's Vineyard Cabernet

87% Cabernet Sauvignon; 11% Merlot; 2% Petite Verdot

Margarett Romer Parducci is the inspiration for this collection of wines. She has always been a hands-on, hard-working woman who is deeply connected to her environment and the outdoors. Her deep connection with nature and her surroundings made them more beautiful. Margarett’s passion for growing flowers and vegetables was the envy of her friends and family. A sheep rancher for four decades, she managed to carve out her own identity as she supported her husband, John Parducci’s, life-long winemaking career. Margarett’s wines are made by her grandson Rich Parducci of McNab Ridge Winery. He continues their family tradition of extraordinary wines to be enjoyed with family and friends. Both of Rich’s grandparent’s influence is evident is the wines and small family winery in Mendocino County. 

Tasting Notes- Margarett’s Cabernet Sauvignon exudes seductive aromas of dark berries and mocha followed by flavors of black cherry, vanilla, chocolate-covered blueberries and mild toasty oak. The finish is very balanced with just enough acidity to pair with your favorite burger or a lovely marbled grilled steak.

2015 Caprasia

100% Bobal

From 82 year old vines in the heart of Valencia, this Bobal is matured in clay amphora that preserve the purity of fruit characteristics and soften Bobal's typically prominent tannins. 

Look out for Bobal-this once rustic variety is coming up in the world. Lower yields and conscientious viticulture and winemaking are making the difference. Utiel-Requena and its neighboring DOs are great hunting grounds for full-flavored, honest reds. Juicy yet quite savory, with chocolate hints. The rounded palate features vanilla, spice, cherry and blackberry flavors. 

Caprasia in Iberian meant “the land of the goats.” The Caprasia team pays tribute to a time when wild goats ran free and the native Iberian people practiced viticulture between the Sierra Cabrillas mountains and the Cabriel river. The Caprasia wines are sourced from the Finca Alfaro estate in the Utiel-Requena growing region. Located 55 miles inland from the Mediterranean Sea, the appellation is an ideal habitat for grapes due to the diversity of its soils and site orientations.

The Bobal grapes are harvested by hand and vinified separately using indigenous yeasts at a controlled temperature in stainless steel vats. Gentile pump overs is practiced and grape skin breakup by punch down, followed by maceration on the skins of 20 days. The wine is then aged for 14 months in previously used white and red wine French barriques and clay amphora. The wine is aged a further 6 months in bottle prior to release with the goal to respect the Bobal grape varieties character but also achieve a finer and lighter Bobal.

Tasting Notes-A deep ruby color with notable stained tears, clear and bright. A pronounced nose of mature black fruit- cherry and earthy nuance, typical of the variety and time in amphora, complimented by subtle toast and spice from aging in barrels previously used for white wine. Fresh and lively on the palate with abundant sweet soft tannins, notable structure and body with good acidity providing a long, black plummy fruit finish. Pair with pork or beef roast, semi-firm cheese or good company.

 90 Points Decanter and Wine Spectator