Easily considered one of the top vineyards for Cabernet Sauvignon, Madrona Ranch is the first vineyard that David Abreu developed, Just west of Main Street, tucked into the bench of the Mayacamas, this 23-acre property is truly a working ranch, with roughly 15 acres dedicated to vineyard. As winemaker Brad Grimes explained, “An elongated harvest was welcome in 2019. We carefully selected fruit over three weeks that combined into six different tanks. Most of the Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc came in on October 2— earlier than in years past. The final three picks were all blends of Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon, the last being the oldest vines from 1980.” These wines evolve for decades in the bottle, tasting as fresh as the day they were bottled. I recently tried a 2001 Madrona Ranch and was blown away by how intact and gorgeous it showed after a solid decant. This will be ready to ship October 23rd.
Having tasted the upcoming release of 2019 Abreu, we were once again reminded of just how good these wines are, vintage to vintage, vineyard to vineyard.