Twenty Rows North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

California’s North Coast – also known as the Redwood Empire – is an area between San Francisco Bay and the Oregon border, including Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte counties. The winery sources fruit from diverse vineyards, creating, it states, “complex aromas and rich structure for our North Coast Cabernet. The mountain fruit provides smooth, velvety tannins with aromas and flavors of black cherries and blackberries, while the valley floor fruit provides notes of dusty cocoa, currants, and brown sugar.” From my tastings, the winery gets it right: This is lovely juice for as little as $14.38. Don’t confuse it with the somewhat pricier Twenty Rows Napa Valley, although it might be fun to compare the two.

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