2013 Pied á Terre Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon SKU #1295798


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Tasting Notes

Richard Luftig worked 20+ years in NYC as a professional wine buyer. His winery, Pied á Terre (foot to earth) was born out of his love for wine and his frustration at not being able to find an affordable, high quality Cabernet from California. Truly a labor of love, Richards says, "It is not a path easily traveled. I am not producing Pied à Terre for financial gain. Rather, I am doing so because nothing is more satisfying than introducing wine lovers to a great bottle of wine, and one that is also very reasonably priced. This is both my vocation as a wine buyer and my avocation as a wine lover."

Staff Reviews

  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    K&L Staff Member
    It's always a struggle to find a well-balanced California Cabernet that is neither too lush and jammy with surprisingly high alcohol, nor too strict and structured, with a lack of California character, but that will still cost you less than $30. Well, here we have a solution! I tasted the Pied a Terre Cabernet from Sonoma the other day with some of my colleagues, and was immediately impressed with the flawless balance and fantastic depth of the wine, particularly given the price point. I have had beautifully structured, silky Cabernets of this caliber before from California, but the price tag usually contained at least 3 figures. This is a definite steal, and will be a go-to Cabernet for me in the future.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    K&L Staff Member
    This is an outstanding California cabernet for people like myself who love the dustier and mineral-driven flavors of French Bordeaux. The Pied a Terre is a cooler climate style of cabernet. It has structure and grit with flavors of graphite and pepper underneath the robust and dark-fruited core. There's plenty of fruit, it's just that it doesn't come at the expense of complexity. The price is the real kicker. It tastes a lot more expensive than $25. I could bring this to a steakhouse and really do some damage.
  • Andrew Stevens
    By: Andrew Stevens
    K&L Staff Member
    I thought this wine was good in the 2012 vintage, but the '13 has me truly impressed. This is not an overly rich and flabby style cab, rather there is a dark and spicy nose with a touch of jalapeno. This leads to a rich body with bramble and cassis and a pleasant coat of tannic structure. A rare find for those who are looking for good value California Cabernet.


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