Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012. Stickman

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012. Stickman

Item #: L0918R2DC
Vintage: 2012
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard/Appellation: California
Color: Crimson
Nose: Plum and Anise
Palate: Rich Cherry, Vanilla
Finish: Sweet Cherry, Soft Tannins
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2022/Red Meat, Vegetarian/14.02 % Alcohol by Volume

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Stickman is a social commentary caricature with a sly twist. The inference is that we've been reduced to stick figures and technology is the culprit. After all, weren't stick figures the very first art ever drawn? I guess you can't get more basic than that.

There is also a subtle inference to "stickman wines." The inference is to what some call a rush to make "international wines," which means they have no sense of place. To many winemakers, especially in Europe, that sense of place is one of the most important attributes a wine can have. Many California winemakers agree.

It's a pretty universal thought among most good winemakers that wine should reflect the place it came from. That sense of place is so important in Europe that most of the wines are labeled not by the grapes used to make the wine, but by where they were grown. And the laws reflect that philosophy. If it says Bordeaux, it can only be created from any combination of five grapes. If it's Chianti, it has to be 80% Sangiovese or you can't call it Chianti.

Chris Cameron of Broken Earth in Paso Robles, makers of our Stickman, is a firm believer in the sense-of-place philosophy. Though the label says "California," most of the grapes were grown on the Broken Earth estate in Paso Robles.

This wine screams Paso! Lively, bright black currant and plum flavors enhance a rich cherry and vanilla finish with a dash of lingering lingonberry.

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