Cabernet Sauvignon, 2018. Kalpela

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2018. Kalpela

Item #: V0221R1DC
Vintage: 2018
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard/Appellation: Mendocino County, California
Color: Black
Nose: Tar, Cassis
Palate: Spicy, Dense
Finish: Rich Tannins
Rating: 98
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now thru 2026/Red Meat, Game/14.5% Alcohol by Volume

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There is only one thing we needed to know about Kalpela-it was crafted by Greg Graziano. After that, nothing else matters. It is already a slam dunk. We have known Greg for over 40 years and followed his amazing career, crafting one spectacular wine after another. There was a small group of us who referred to him as "Mr. Mendocino," which he sheepishly denied since, how can you compare him to the superstars Barney Fetzer and John Parducci? This, of course is true, however, it is also true that Greg's family pre-dates both Fetzer's and Parducci's winemaking in Mendocino by several decades. It's one thing to have a family history like Greg's. It's quite another to improve upon it, which he has.

Kalpela is named after a Native American chief, who settled in Mendocino. Eventually, a town was founded and is now named after him. Like the four generations of wine growers before him, Greg insists on honoring the ground he stewards. It is in his DNA to do this.

Our selection comes from two of the oldest vineyards in Mendocino, which accounts for its impressive, opaque color. Aging for two years in French and American oak helped tame its power, but there was still plenty to spare. The result is a powerful expression of the grape, throwing off blasts of plum and cassis held in check by lush tannins and a mesmerizing finish. All you need is a bison burger with smoked cheddar and bacon to complete the experience.