Sandstone Cabernet 2016, Viano Winery & Vineyards

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This Cabernet is clearly influenced by the cool breezes that blow through the Carquinez Straits into Martinez. It has a full mouth-feel with plenty of berry fruits, intermingled with shadows of oak, but it is by no means an over-the-top Cab. We might even call it a tad restrained...and it really shows the variability of Cabernet depending on where it's grown. It can be enjoyed now or cellared for at least 5 more years.

About the Winery

This century-old vineyard is nestled on hillsides surrounding a fertile little valley where cooling breezes from the Carquinez Straits provide the necessary balance of heat and coolness. In this valley, there is a proven combination of ideal soil and climatic conditions favorable for growing premium wine grapes.

This Family Estate, now with its 4th and 5th generations, was founded by the Viano family in 1920. They purchased the already planted vineyard which was established in 1888. It reminded them of their vineyards in Piedmont, Italy. This area, once so rich in grapes, was named Vine Hill and home to more than 15 wineries.

Some of the original vines still remain, while the balance of the vineyard has been expanded and replanted to keep up with new world tastes and desires. They use the most natural, sustainable practices possible, combined with traditional winemaking techniques, which includes natural yeast and aging in small oak cooperage.