Schug Cabernet Sauvignon 2018, Sonoma-WC

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You don't hear much about cool climate wines in California.  And certainly, you never hear about cool climate Cabernet Sauvignon.  Today, I was afforded the opportunity to revisit Schug Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma.  The last time I had Schug Cabernet Sauvignon was from a magnum of 2002 vintage at Thanksgiving pre- Killer Vino.  At the time, I didn't realize that the wine was a unicorn in the California landscape.  But it was certain that everyone, including me, loved it.  After tasting the 2018 Schug Cab, I was immediately transported to the moment I discovered this wine from the Magnum of 2002.  It is ripe, but not overly alcoholic.  I respect a California winemaker that is not afraid to make a Cabernet Sauvignon and proudly put 13.9 ABV on their label. 

The nose is a nice balance of ripe dark fruits, with peppery, savory notes and a hint of mint.  The wine enters the front of the palate like a dollop of honey (Think viscosity, not flavor.) that moves across the palate.  Eventually finding every crease from back to front.  There is a nice oak/fruit integration, despite the youth.  But a few years, or a loosely inserted cork overnight will make this wine even better. The finish was satisfying, particularly for a wine at this modest price.  



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