Famous photographer Andy Katz took his son Jesse on wine-centric work adventures throughout the greatest vineyards and wineries all throughout his son’s youth. All of that seems to have paid dividends now. One of the fastest rising stars in California, Jesse Katz’s Bordeaux blends have folks head absolutely spinning.
He was the first winemaker ever to be included in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, a Wine Enthusiast 40 Under 40 Tastemaker, and had been named a Wine Spectator “Rising Star.”
His 2018 Aperture Red shows that he’s not done getting better – he may just be getting started. This is a beautifully delicate, silky tightly woven blend of Bordeaux varietals. It drinks so smooth and easy, it’s really hard to believe it was only just released. These wines are absolutely fantastic and just the latest example of why Alexander Valley in Sonoma County continues to provide some of the best value Reds anywhere in the world.
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96+ Points, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
The 2018 Red Blend is composed of 39% Cabernet Sauvignon, 33% Merlot, 22% Malbec, 3% Cabernet Franc and 3% Petit Verdot. The nose offers vibrant berry scents with accents of charcuterie, mint chocolate, cigar wrapper, violets and pencil shavings aromas, and the palate is powerful but featherweight, silky and fresh with a very long, layered finish. I love this balance of ripe fruit, mineral nuance, aromatic purity and structural power. This has the potential to grow into even more of a beauty with some time in bottle.
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