The 2017 Whitehall Lane Rassi Cabernet Sauvignon is the inaugural release of Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon which is named after the Rassi vineyard located on the eastern slope of Sonoma Valley just at the base of the Mayacamas Mountain range. The Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Rassi vineyard while the Merlot comes from their Estate vineyard in Rutherford. The wine is exquisitely balanced with excellent fruit concentration. On the nose, this wine offers ripe blackberries, crème de casis, black cherry cola, black pepper, pencil shavings, and toasted chestnuts. The palate offers plush but delicate tannins, fresh blueberries, sweet black plums, baked berry tart, toasted bread, and has a touch of walnuts that linger on the finish. This offering is enjoyable today but will also evolve with cellar aging through 2028.
Varietal Composition: 87% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Merlot
Appellation: Sonoma Valley AVA
Aging: 20 months in French and American oak, 35% new
Winemaker: Jason Moulton