2015 Sei Querce Ranch House Cabernet Sauvignon

  • 97-Point Vintage ~ Wine Advocate
  • Top 5 BHW Cabernet Deal ever
  • Estate Supplies Grapes to Aperture, Silver Oak, Jordan, Duckhorn
  • 100-Point Winemaker, Jesse Katz (Aperture, Screaming Eagle, Pétrus)
  • BHW has the Lowest Price Anywhere!
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About the Wine

Let's cut to the chase: This is one of our greatest Cabernet deals, EVER!

Sei Querce Vineyards is a family-owned winery nestled in the picturesque Alexander Valley, (same Valley that has seen the birth and rise of top wineries like Jordan, Silver Oak, and Lancaster). After spending 22 years at Goldman Sachs and running a bond exchange, Hal Hinkle retired to the quiet farming life. He has been a lifelong environmentalist and as a result the vineyard is certified organic, sustainable, and bee-friendly. In addition, Hal helped create a new standard for vineyards called "climate-adapted" which aims to reduce greenhouse gases over time.

The thirty acre vineyard has been a prized source of world-class grapesto some of the top wineries in the area, including Aperture, Silver Oak, Lambert Bridge, Jordan, Fisher, Coppola, and Duckhorn.

The vineyard is planted on the old Ellis Ranch down the road from Silver Oak and overlooking the town of Geyserville. This vineyard is located east of Geyserville toward the Mayacamas mountains. Just over the ridge and down the hill is Calistoga. This wine with a "Napa Valley" AVA from mountain fruit would sell for over $150. The Ellis Ranch was operated as a stock and fruit producer shortly after Leadner G. Ellis paid $1000 in gold coins to buy it in 1868. Reports say that well before 1890, he had established 25 acres of pears, prunes, and grapes, and was grazing sheep and raising hogs.

After realizing his goal to upgrade the vineyard and cellar, Hal hired the best winemaker he could find. Jesse Katz is a seasoned winemaker with experience at prestigious estates like Chateau Petrus, Vina Cobos, and Screaming Eagle. Jesse discovered Sei Quernce vineyards while purchasing fruit for his acclaimed Aperture Malbec. Despite the unavailability due to vineyard redevelopment, Jesse, impressed by the potential of the site, was hired to guide replanting the vineyard and craft exceptional wines (vintages 2014-2018). His contributions led to global acclaim, and he now owns Aperture Cellars, producing consistently high-rated wines ranging from 98-100 points. These wines sell for much more moola.

As a result of pandemic closures and limited distribution channels outside of the winery, Bighammer was able to take a large position on this special wine and hammer down the price. We taste a lot of wine and this one is a homerun for lovers of Cabernet Sauvignon without the Napa price tag.

Farming: Organic, sustainable
Aging: 100% French oak, 50% new

Tasting Notes:

The 2015 Sei Querce Cabernet is a captivating symphony of flavors, pouring deep garnet hue and revealing notes of dark chocolate, blackberries, cassis, and succulent black cherry. Layers of complexity unfold with flavors of cocoa nibs, vanilla, and sweet French oak. The wine's remarkable silkiness on the palate elevates the overall experience and its 30-second decadent finish. An outstanding wine. If you buy anything less than 12 bottles, you’ll regret it. Bottles unfiltered. Drink through 2035.

Reviews

Simply luxurious, with the perfume and texture of dried violets and plum—that Alexander Valley coat of silkiness achieved only by the best of the best in this AVA. Vivid acidity and mild tannins, with an emphasis on structure and pure pleasure. ~ 96 Tasting Panel (from their sister wine from the same vineyard, Ranch House, simply hangs on the vines longer)

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