Alta Orsa | Cabernet Sauvignon
A Mendocino rival to any Napa Cab
Like an oozing flourless chocolate cake topped with blackberry puree, this wine charges out of the glass with this huge blackberry jam, dark chocolate, and vanilla punch. There is great structure to this wine, meaning all the fruit and dark chocolatey goodness is balanced by a dusty earthiness. Crazy velvety with an epic long finish.
Steak is an obvious choice (because it really is a superb pairing) since the tannins will bind to the protein and make each bite taste softer. Hard cheeses like cheddar and Gouda are also great. Or combine with a meat and cheese duo like a cheeseburger – yum! Other great complements are dried porcini mushrooms, garlic, and herbs like rosemary or mint.
Alta Orsa is a visionary project by winemakers Martin Bernal-Hafner, Roger Peng, and Ricardo Garcia. Farming is the core of their story and has been for more than three decades. As stewards of a 160-acre mountain property, they farm in a holistic manner – meaning they use organic and regenerative agricultural practices. Patience, observation, science, and experimentation guide their approach. Since the planting of their high-density vineyard in the late 1980s, they have practiced no-till farming, minimal organic sprays, no tractors between the rows, and no herbicides under the vine. This has lead to truly unique, balanced, and age-worthy estate wines. Huge wines made in the most natural way – which is a rare find.