Doing a little research on the wine, I discovered that the Counterpoint Cabernet is rounded off with some Grand Cru quality Merlot from Pickberry vineyard. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because it’s the vineyard that made Ravenswood a household name.
Combining the fruit from the northeast slope of Sonoma Mountain with their own lauded estate (re-planted in the late 1960’s), gives this wine a ton of expression, complexity and distinction. It’s an unmistakably Sonoma Mountain, blessed with the iconic sweet, plush black fruit off the high elevation, cool-climate spot.
Unsurprisingly, I’m also not the only one who really likes this wine – Virginia Boone, longtime reviewer for Wine Enthusiast agreed with my assessment, giving the wine a 93-point score and labeling it “classically structured” and “vibrantly approachable”. San Francisco’s International Wine Competition took it a few steps further, finding this wine as their 96-point Double Gold Medal winner for the 2021 tasting.
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93 Points, Wine Enthusiast
Crisply focused in currant, dried herb and cedar, this is a classically structured red that is vibrantly approachable and ample to drink in its youth. With just 30% new French oak, it delivers forested earthiness and high-toned freshness that complement each other well for a very fair price.
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