How often does a cabernet remind you of fresh red raspberries? Like the 2013 Lexington Apex recommended above, this presents cabernet at its most energetic; it sings tenor, not bass. It’s clean and zesty, with a primal juiciness that lasts, the tannins polished and finely ripened, so you hardly notice them. One useful analogy might be a tight but fresh premier cru Burgundy: the kind of firm, earthy, acid-driven red that will evolve at an even pace. You can enjoy this in its youth, or in five years, or in fifteen.
This wine, made by the Thomas Fogarty team, presents a complex nose, with aromas of roasting oregano, marjoram, dill and thyme, smoked meat, blueberry and crushed lava rock. Those herbal touches swirl together on the palate amid hearty tannins, rounded blackberry fruits and soy flavors. *Editors' Choice* (MK)
Checking in as a blend of 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Cabernet Franc and the rest Merlot, aged 22 months in 40% new French oak, the 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Gist Ranch Vineyard is flat out beautiful. Cassis, lead pencil, underbrush and ground herbs flow to a medium to full-bodied, ripe and concentrated, yet elegant wine that has solid mid-palate density and sweet tannin. Like all of the wines here, it's not a blockbuster, but has real class and should evolve gracefully. Made by the team at Thomas Fogarty, Lexington Wine Co. is the Bordeaux focused side of the estate that focuses on their Gist Ranch estate vineyard, which is a warmer terroir (for the region) that lies at an elevation of 2,100 feet and is 15 miles from the Pacific. This site was a former Christmas tree farm that was planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc in 2000. The wines all lean towards the fresher, more medium-bodied, elegant end of the spectrum; they are beautifully made and will have lengthy drink windows. (JD)
A big, rich wine, Lexington's 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Gist Ranch Estate packs a serious punch. Imposing mountain tannins gradually melt away to reveal a core of super-expressive dark cherry jam, grilled herbs, tobacco, leather and menthol. This is an especially big, ample style with plenty of structure from its location at about 2,000 feet above sea level. Readers should be prepared to cellar the 2013 for at least a few years. (AG)
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