2017 J. Finn Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino, California

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We are pleased to offer our club members the inaugural vintage of the J Finn Cabernet Sauvignon, the result of a collaboration between Mark and Jeff Pisoni (producers of excellent Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Syrah) along with Master Sommelier Sara Floyd of Swirl Wines. While this is not the trio’s first collaboration (they make Luli wines as well), this is their first foray into Cabernet Sauvignon. Their goal was to produce a cool climate Cabernet Sauvignon that showcased a sense of place at an approachable price. While Luli wines are sourced from the Santa Lucia Highlands, the region is too cold for Cabernet Sauvignon, so they headed north and found the perfect site in Mendocino. The name ‘J Finn’ is after Sara’s twin boys, Jack and Finn, seventh generation Californians, as Cabernet Sauvignon was first planted here around the time the twins’ forefathers arrived in California. The wine is a blend of 94% Mendocino Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Napa Valley Petit Verdot. The Petit Verdot lends strong tannin structure and deep color to the wine. Following fermentation, the wine was matured in barriques (small oak barrels) for 3 months before bottling. Blackcurrant, blackberries, and vanilla fill the nose and continue onto the palate. Medium acidity and approachable tannin structure make this medium-bodied wine a delightful companion to red meat.

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