94 Insider Points
A luscious nose full of red fruit. The palate gives a silky texture with oaky tannin and flavors fo ripe plum, chocolate, cinnamon and a touch of raspberry. It has a long, creamy berry finish. -94 Points - JZ April '18
Moon Mountain AVA, Sonoma Valley
All of the wine world’s hot-ticket terminology applies to the 2015 Ty Caton Bill Hill Cabernet. Estate-grown, single-vineyard, sustainably farmed, micro-produced, hand crafted—the backstory of this beauty reads like a wine hipster’s idea of heaven. In fact, the wine is even better than that.
· The newly released 2015 Sonoma County Cab vintage was rated 93 points or “Excellent” by the Wine Enthusiast.
· Ty Caton is a local boy—raised in the town of Sonoma. In 1997, Caton convinced his parents to partner with him in planting vines on the family’s 108-acre property in what is now the Moon Mountain District AVA. A wine estate was born!
· While the family owns the entire 108-acre swath of prime land, just 40 acres are under vine as Caton concentrated plantings on the steeply contoured hillsides only and insisted that the majority of the land and the flora and fauna living there remained undisturbed.
· Today, Ty Caton produces a total of 11 unique, small-production Cabernets—each one just 3 to 8 barrels worth of wine—along with limited releases of Merlot and red blends.
The Culty, 71/case Production | 94pt Panel Rated
-The wine comes from the Ty Caton Vineyard, which is actually seven distinct plots of Cabernet—each with a distinct spoil type, incline, elevation and exposure to the sun and each planted to a distinct Cab clone. Of them, Big Hill is perhaps the hardest to farm with slopes at more than 40% incline. Caton planted Clone 8 here, a perfect choice for the challenging terroir. Ironically, all that hard work in the vineyard has resulted in a satiny, soft Cabernet with silky, black cherry fruit and notes of roasted espresso bean and earthy spice. Just 71 cases of this one were produced in 2015. We can hardly believe our good fortune in nabbing a few of them.
The Caton Cabernet Collection showcases the very best from our Cabernet Sauvignon sites within the Caton Vineyard. These limited production wines express the uncommon terroir of each vineyard and their different clones, soil types, sun exposures, and elevations.
From the winery:
Ty Caton Vineyards was established with his first release, the 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon. The Caton Vineyard is rich with an interesting history having been the site of a winery and vineyards that was founded in the 1920’s and ran consistently through prohibition and into the 1940’s. The original winery, crush-pad, and main home still stand today and are paid tribute to on our Caton Cabernet Collection labels. In the 60’s, the land was owned by The Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco and ran as a summer camp. The Ballfield Syrah and The Barracks Cabernet Sauvignon honor this history in their names. In 1997, Ty began developing the vineyard, and the Caton Vineyard as we know it today was founded. Ty has been farming the vineyard ever since.
Since inception, Ty Caton wines have received critical acclaim in world renowned wine publications and competitions, including many Best of Class honors. As a grape grower and winemaker, Ty strives to produce the “wow factor” by making wines that are bold, beautifully structured and are a true representation of the vineyards they come from.
This particular cab will pair well with meat, more specifically, beef or duck. If beef is what's for dinner, we recommend trying it with braised beef short ribs, seasoned with onions, garlic, and thyme. If you're leaning more towards having duck for dinner, we recommend a roasted duck breast with a pecan puree. You may not have thought so, but the black fruits noted in the wine will bring out the pecan flavors in the sauce.