I was incredibly excited about the opportunity to taste MC4 Cabernet Sauvignon for the first time. This ultra-small production winery produces Napa Valley Cabernet from a one-acre vineyard located in St. Helena. The vineyard is farmed organically and sits on a picturesque hillside on the west side of the valley.
MC4 adheres to a minimalist winemaking philosophy. The wine is fermented with native yeasts and made without the use of new oak. These philosophies and techniques are somewhat rare in Napa so the wine really shines among the over-manipulated Cabernets that seem to flood the marketplace.
The 2013 vintage of MC4 Cabernet is just a baby but already showing tons of potential. After decanting, the wine offers beautiful aromatics of blackberry, red cassis, and black pepper. The palate is smooth with lavish tastes of cherry, violets, plum, and black pepper along with nuances of oak. This is a well-balanced Cabernet that truly highlights the beautiful fruit and terroir of the vineyard. A Napa Cabernet worthy of a spot in your cellar! ($68, 14.5% alcohol, 96 cases produced)