Kunde Family Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
The Mettler family heritage honors 100 years and six generations of farming in Lodi with the release of this exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon. The size of the crop, the time spent on the vine, and the many months aged in French oak barrels all reflect the care our family took to fully express the potential of these very small and unique portions of our vineyards.
The grapes chosen for this wine came from two of our outstanding blocks of Cabernet—both of which are organically and sustainably farmed and planted from unique French clones. For each vineyard, the planting and trellis system were customized for the vineyard site. The vines on one of the vineyards, situated on a hillside, are contoured to follow the natural curvature of a bordering creek. The other vineyard has a unique trellis system to help the grapes ripen more evenly. A custom-designed modification to the VSP (vertical shoot positioning) trellis system allows the fruit in this vineyard to bask in the morning sunlight but then shelters it from the afternoon sun.
The dark ruby-hued Mettler 2013 Cabernet opens with delicate aromas of black cherry and cedar with some nice earthiness and a hint of black pepper. Smooth and medium-bodied on the palate with delicious flavors of dark chocolate, cherry and ripe black currants with a hint of light toasty vanilla carried through on soft-edged tannins. This wine exhibits a beautifully orchestrated balance of fruit, oak and tannin with a nice thread of acidity that sails through to the lingering finish. An elegant and poised Cabernet that is accessible now, but with a solid core of flavors and complexity to see it through many years of aging.