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Cabernet Sauvignon,

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By tapping into the deeper terroir of the region, we are able to coax the tannin structure appropriate to Cabernet and couple it with the fruit profile of Lodi. This results in an expression of Cabernet Sauvignon that is both true to the varietal and true to the appellation

Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: Lodi, California
Winemaker: Klinker Brick Winery
Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 14.8%

Winemaker's Notes

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits medium dark ruby color; intense blueberry aromas with hints of clove and tobacco. Sixteen months in French oak barrels encourage a full body, fruit driven wine with notes of cassis and supple dark cherry on the palate. Fully integrated and well balanced, this wine has a long, lingering finish

John's Notes

As my kids in college say, we “pre-gamed” with this one before heading out to a restaurant with friends last weekend. Notes of blueberry, blackberry, and black cherry lead the nose followed by more subtle herbal and tomato leaf aromas.  The palate was equally pleasant offering the same fruit experiences as the nose plus black pepper, nutmeg, refined tannins, and a long mocha finish.  Enjoyed it

Nerdy Details

Winemaker: Klinker Brick Winery, winemaker Barry Gnekow

  • Steve and Lori Felten, fifth generation grape growers in the Lodi region, continue the tradition of cultivating “Old Vine” vineyards that their ancestors planted in the early 1900’s
  • “Klinker Bricks” are highly prized bricks that grace many of the historical buildings in Lodi, including the Felton’s home. Chosen by Craftsmen architects in the 1920’s for their distinctive qualities, including unique shapes and dark, rich color, these bricks are heavier than regular bricks and make an unusual sound when banged together because of their density

Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon

Region: Lodi, California, Mokelumne River AVA


  • After three years of dryer, warmer growing seasons, the 2016 winter rains were a welcome sight for all farmers alike. Temperature in spring ranged from high-70’s to high-80’s (F) with a few days of rain in April and May. Some vines were only mildly affected as we had cool winds following each storm that quickly dried out any moisture. As the summer months approached, temperatures began to climb into the high 90’s, with a few days pushing over 100 degrees during the summer. The vines in Lodi are accustomed to heat, however they were exceptionally prepared this year given the healthy winter rainfall. A longer, cooler growing season definitely contributed to the intense colors, big tannins and flavors exhibited by the 2016 vintage


  • Bechthold Vineyard, a 36 year-old block of Cabernet Sauvignon planted in 1983, is among the oldest Cabernet plantings in Lodi.  With consistent vine-ripening year after year, this vineyard yields some of the best wine-grapes harvested every season
  • Located behind the Klinker Brick Tasting Room, this 4.5 acre parcel is drip-irrigated, runs east to west, and is on a bilateral trellis
  • Harvest date: 9/24/16


  • The Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are immediately pressed, fermented, and sent to barrel-age in French oak
  • This particular vineyard exhibits top-quality characteristics from the beginning that allow us to use a minimal approach once in the barrel
  • Maturation for 16 months on French oak proves to be ideal for this full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon resulting in a beautiful bottle of wine

Alcohol: 14.8%

pH:  3.59

Pairs Well With: Lasagna, aged cheeses, beef nachos


Wine Enthusiast (91), Editor’s Choice: Ripe, polished and well balanced, this wine checks all the boxes. Opulent black-cherry, black-currant and oak-spice aromas lead to rich but not overripe fruit flavors, while a soft layer of fine-grained tannins forms a smooth mouthfeel. Jim Gordon

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