The aromas of the 2016 Leese-Fitch Cabernet Sauvignon start with a sweet raspberry and licorice notes and finish with hints of root beer and cherry cola. The flavor palate includes touches of tart cherry and dark blackberry that are balanced with nuances of vanilla and sandlewood. The midpalate is medium-bodied with structured tannins as to be expected with Cabernet Sauvignon. The unique finish harmonizes flavors of dark fruit, rich American and French oak notes and candied orange peel.
While our 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon comes from many different growing areas within the Lodi appellation, most of our grapes are sourced from Borden and Mokelumne. These are two warm areas that have good soil for growing Cabernet Sauvignon, which give the wine dark cherry fruit flavors and round supple tannins. Our cool climate vineyards in Clarksburg and Mendocino add structure and earthy notes to this blend. Some additional structure and leathery nuance is due to the older vintage Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon while the jamminess can be attributed to the dab of Clarksburg Petite Sirah. There are many parts to this 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon but the sum all ties together in an approachable wine to enjoy year round.
Another crowd-pleasing Cabernet Sauvignon vintage from Leese-Fitch. This 2016 California Cabernet Sauvignon pairs well with steak fajitas and smoky pinto beans, a roast beef French Dip sandwich with a side of pesto pasta salad, or a classic Margherita pizza.