2019 Pocai Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
This single vineyard has a way of expressing a fruit-forward California wine but also brings large tannins that are integrated to create a powerful yet elegant wine. Black cherry, blackberry, plum, and raspberry meet leather and cacao with hints of expresso expressed as the bottle opens up. Fresh tobacco and earl grey tea linger in the background. This is a big, rich, complex, and robust wine.
Age this wine for up to 15 years.
92 points, Wine Advocate
22 months in 90% New French oak barrels
What a beautiful vintage! Pocai Vineyard has a way of expressing a fruit-forward California wine but also brings large tannins that are integrated to create a powerful yet elegant wine.
The Pocai Vineyard has been continuously farmed by our family for over 100 years, ever since Frank Ballentine’s great grandfather purchased it in 1906. Purchased with a pile of gold coins, Pocai Vineyard is located on the southern edge of the Calistoga Appellation. The soil is Bale gravelly loam, the rockiest soil of our three vineyards, the fertility of the soil is low, but the drainage is excellent and is perfect for growing powerful red grapes. Pocai Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon stands out year after year. Experience rich plum, blackberry, and eucalyptus with raspberry preserves and dark cocoa nibs with this inviting Cabernet. The tannins are big and robust with plenty of complexity on the palate to round out this beautiful single vineyard. A lingering finish rounds out the well-integrated structure.
Food Pairing Notes
Tomahawk steak with caramelized onions. Add blue cheese to elevate
93% Cabernet Sauvignon 3% Petit Verdot 3% Petite Sirah 1% Malbec