Blackberry, black cherry, vanilla and wood spices precede notes of dusty cocoa powder and rich undertones of ripe dark berries. Deep and firm tannins are balanced by good acidity on the long and pleasant finish.
Wine Maker Notes
Cabernet Sauvignon from the Central Coast source helped define this blend. We also blended in a healthy 9% of Alexander Valley Cabernet as well as Merlot, and 9% of our Dunnigan Hills Syrah to lengthen the flavors and add depth and concentration. 4% Tempranillo rounded out this blend to add soft tannins and elegance.
(75% Cabernet Sauvignon/12% Merlot/9% Syrah/4% Tempranillo). Estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon from the Central Coast is blended with Alexander Valley Cabernet and Merlot as well as Dunnigan Hills Syrah and Tempranillo.
CLASSIC SAWBUCKWhen owners John and Lane Giguiere started their first winery in 1983 they were young and enthusiastic with dreams much bigger than their bank account. The first years were financed by credit cards and hope until they felt like they were down to their last sawbuck before R.H. Phillips and Toasted Head became wine brands.About the AppellationSawbuck wines are made from grapes grown in the northern edge of the California wine country; Mendocino and Yolo Counties. Both are unique growing regions that are left of center of the mainstream. Often overlooked, they offer wines of incredible quality at a value price.