For five generations, the Wente family has been dedicated to the art of winemaking and to the philosophy that the quality of a wine originates in the vineyard. The Estate Grown ‘Charles Wetmore’ Cabernet Sauvignon is named after one of the Livermore Valley’s most prominent pioneers, California’s first agricultural commissioner renowned for planting vine cuttings from many of Bordeaux’s top Chateaux in the temperate Livermore Valley in the 1880s.
The descendants of vines Wetmore brought from France thrive today in the gravelly loam soils. From their origins in Margaux in the 19th century to the present, only the best of these Cabernet Sauvignon vines have been selected for each new generation planted. And they are prized for making wines with intensity, depth of flavour, and a rich, lush body.
This is a blend with Cabernet Sauvignon being the dominant variety alongside a dash of Petite Sirah, Petit Verdot and Malbec. It is a wine that has been aged for 18 months in 40% new French oak and 60% in second and third use barrels. The result is a beautifully fine wine with lots of finesse amongst the heft and power of the Cabernet. Lots of dark berries, peppercorn notes and cocoa enliven the palate. This is an astoundingly good wine offering immense value for money.
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