We all want to find the next Chateau Petrus or Screaming Eagle. We all want to hold the winning lottery ticket. We all want double 00 to win when we have everything on it. Trouble is, as an old client of mine used to say back in the trading days, you can’t win if you don’t bet, you can’t bet if you don’t play. At some point you have to buy the ticket and just hope. I’m going to buy some Cultivar but I’m not looking to win the jackpot, I’m not looking to discover the next Screaming Eagle. Just by buying it I’ve won. This is the brainchild of Dan O’Brien and Jody Harris. He’s the wine director at Cavallo Point (5 star Cali restaurant), she’s the wine maker at famed Caspar Estate and Harris Ranch. Over a glass of wine one day they were bemoaning the fact that too many Bordeaux style Californian wines had reached super-stardom status and were now out of the reach of most buyers -both individual and restaurant. Wouldn’t it be fun if we pooled our collective Rolodex’s and sourced great grapes from outstanding properties and then combined our talents to make great wine that was affordable. What a concept. So they did. And I had the pleasure of meeting Dan O’Brien at Wine at Five and tasting through some of his wines – a lovely Sauvignon Blanc, an outstanding Cabernet Franc (not yet released) and a truly great, affordable cabernet.
The 2010 Cab is all Rutherford vineyards. It’s fermented in Stainless (nice) and aged in 40/60% new/old French oak barrels (very tidy). Because it hasn’t been saturated it’s fresh, bright, lucid – a cornucopia of black cherry, berry and currant. There is a little chocolate (it wouldn’t be Californian if there wasn’t some), hints of plums and roasted figs and it’s all blended in a magi-mix to produce a really silky, smooth, velvet textured finish. It’s also a steal at $29.00. There’s enough residual tannin for the wine to last at least 5 years so it’s worth having a case or two just lying around since this is good enough wine to pour at your very best dinner parties. And the like of Thomas Keller would agree – he pours it at Ad Hoc by the glass. So even though Dan made just over 2,000 cases, the vintages don’t stay around for long.
- Producer: Cultivar Wine
- Vintage: 2010
- Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
- Country: USA
- Region: California/Rutherford
- Production: 2,460 cases
- Availability: Soon. $29.00pb. $24.75 pb on 12
Order: Ordering is simple. Click on the e-mail link below and tell me how many bottles you think you may want. We’ll figure out the rest from there and reply to your e-mail within 1 day.