93 Insider Points
Did I Mention I Love Dry Creek Cabs?
Sure it's known for stellar Zinfandel (another favorite grape from this AVA), but the hidden star is often the Cabernet. With a different micro-climate from, say, anywhere in Napa, the Cabs of Dry Creek flaunt their own delicious qualities. Amista, if you remember their Zin, has been an invino sell-out in the past, and the latest from them is expecting just as much.
Floral nose, with plum, blackberry, cedar, eucalyptus, fresh earth and cigar box. The finish is long with cranberry and tar. A most-excellently aged Cab, drinking well in its window. 93 Points - JZ June '18
100% Cabernet Sauvignon
Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma
This is one silky and smooth Cab. Showing a palate that's full-bodied and fleshy with excellent tannin and structure and superb balance, it's that something we work tirelessly to secure.
- 2012 was the perfect vintage for Dry Creek Valley, with even ripening conditions and near perfect sugar acid balance in the grapes making it a winemaker's dream.
- Alta Presa Vineyard, at the top of the valley, is almost always the last vineyard to be harvested, and the longer hang time guarantees the fullest ripening of the grapes.
- Winemaker Ashley Herzberg’s significant use of oak barrel ageing (19 months) lends itself to a complex, bold expression of America’s most popular varietal.
- Four years on the shelf has put this Cabernet in its ideal drinking window: those classic blackcurrant, cassis, plum, cherry, and spice notes are giving way to a smokey tobacco flavor, all integrated perfectly with softened tannins and an elegant structure.
This wine has earthy, tobacco notes on the nose, followed by bright red fruit of cherry and hints of raspberry. On the palate, there are fruit notes up front, with gentle but present tannins. This a big wine and very food friendly. It will age well for 5-10 years.
From the winery:
Amista, roughly translated, means "making friends" in Spanish. We chose it for three reasons.
First, our journey into wine has been all about friends. Our friends were with us when we made our first wine, said good-bye to our first vineyard and first set eyes on this beautiful property in Dry Creek Valley. They have always been here to cheer us on, help us through the challenges and celebrate wine country living.
Second, we chose a Spanish name for our winery in honor of those who originally settled this area. In fact, our vineyard straddles the boundaries of two former land grants, Rancho Tzabaco and Rancho Sotoyome.
And third, we chose it simply because it begins with an "A", putting it at the top of every list!
We recommend trying this with a grilled flank steak or any other type of rich meat. The fruit flavors in the wine will compliment the savory flavors of the meat.