Winemaking is a combination of art and science, cooking and chemistry. Like a memorable meal, it is first about the quality of the ingredients and then about the interplay of flavors, textures and technique. The flavor focus of each varietal is a different point on your palate. Cabernet forms the mid-palate structure. Merlot gives it more nose. Malbec fills in the lower back, like blackberries. Cabernet Franc adds a chocolate like experience at the top of your palate. Petit Verdot adds a touch of spice at the lower front.
Robert Rex on the '07 Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon:
75 percent Cabernet Sauvignon, 10 percent Merlot, 6 percent Malbec,
5 percent Cabernet Franc, 4 percent Petit Verdot
Alc. 13.4 percent. pH 3.75
Bottled 600 cases, February 7, 2012. Released January 2013.
We age many of our red wines longer in the barrel than any other
American winery. No vintage responded to this better than the 07s. The
individual component wines were aged for 3 years in a combination of French,
Hungarian and American oak barrels.