From the conception of the Judge Palmer brand, our two chief goals went hand-in-hand: to make some of the best Cabernet Sauvignon in California, and to show people that while you can certainly achieve the first goal with grapes from Napa Valley, it’s not the only place in California where world-class Cabernet is grown.
Over the past few years, we’ve sought out some unique spots in Sonoma County where we believe the potential for Cabernet is every bit as exciting as the best sites in Napa. And while we’re eager to showcase these places in vineyard designate bottlings (the first will be released next month…), we also thought that a wine that represents Sonoma County as a whole while also delivering tremendous value at the price point was something our customers and the wine world as a whole would appreciate. Thus the 2012 Vintage Select Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County was born.
We sell the wine for $40, and have heard great feedback from our customers and people in the wine trade, with the common refrain being some variation of what 1okbottles.com said last week in their very flattering blog post: “at $40, this is a screaming deal and quite frankly, its worth double the price.”
Indeed most Cabernet at this price point is not aged in new French oak barrels for over two years, and some people even prefer it to our Napa Valley Cabernet from Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard. If you need any further incentive to join our wine club, members get this wine for $35. Open your bottle and let us know what you think!