Two Jakes 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
Diamond Ridge Vineyards is located at the southeast corner of Clear Lake in Lake County. This remarkable site enjoys a cooling lake effect due to its close proximity to water. Its 2,000-foot altitude and clean, traffic-free air allow its fifteen clones of Cabernet Sauvignon to bathe in sunlight high in UV, resulting in brilliant color, firm tannins and rich fruit aromas. Clone 15 is characterized by rich black cherry aromas and substantial tannins, while Clone 4 contributes finesse and brightness.
The vineyard’s stony volcanic soil provides great drainage to restrain the foliar canopy and also imparts energetic mineral energy and surprising longevity. Accordingly, the wine was allowed 82 months in 20-year old neutral French oak which developed seductive tobacco nuances greatly enhanced its complexity, adding elements of mysterious and intriguing “come hither” aromatics.
The mouth possesses a rich, generous core of black cherry and a lively mineral finish. Tannin structure, once quite hard, has evolved to a pleasant roundness: velvety on the back palate but still with a firm grip up front, indicating both drinkability and further aging potential of perhaps a decade, but entirely enjoyable right now.
While certainly a peppered steak would suit, you really must try it with grilled duck breast.