Cabernet is an almost “perfect grape” when well grown….balanced between fruit, astringency, power, perfume and, of course….redness. I love Cab and always have.
This is our third release of Esoterica Cabernet Sauvignon. I made this tiny lot using a wonderful blend of North Coast grapes from several different vineyards, mostly in Sonoma County’s Alexander Valley and Dry Creek appellations. It is always a pleasure to make small blends like this as they allow for “fine tuning” to get the fruit, tannins, mouthfeel and balance just right without the constraints of big commercial blends.
With the Pinot Noir, initial aromas of cherry and raspberry evolve to include subtle notes of toast and leather in this immediately appealing wine. The red fruit aromas are reinforced on the palate where dried cherry flavors, supported by just a hint of varietal earthiness, are carried nimbly forward by the silky-smooth tannins and pinpoint acidity.
This wine will pair beautifully with simple, grilled salmon or sage-dusted pork tenderloin.
After over thirty years of making wine, Kent Rasmussen Winery is as busy as ever and our passion remains as strong as ever.
Kent Rasmussen and wife, Celia Ramsay, ran the family winery they started in 1986 at their beautiful facility in St. Helena. Unlike most wineries in the Napa Valley, they never wanted to have a public presence in the form of a tasting room, but sell their wines in Bay Area & California restaurants & stores, and in 28 other states.
Famous for the Kent Rasmussen and Ramsay brand wines, and best known for making “purely poetic Pinot Noir”, the couple raised their family of four on the Silverado Trail property.The kids grew up and Kent and Celia realized they longed for a more urban life. They moved their winemaking operations to share another family-run facility owned by their long-time friend, Stefano Migotto in Napa. Then they bought a home in Berkeley. With a very reasonable reverse-commute to Napa, Kent is happy to be back in the southern end of the Napa Valley, especially since his original winemaking start was in the Napa-Carneros.
Since its modest beginnings in a garage in 1986, the Kent Rasmussen Winery has evolved as its owner’s lives have changed. It continues to be one of the most important Pinot Noir producers in California.
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FedEx Ground: Monday, August 6th - Wednesday, August 8th
What’s the drinking window on both? I’ve still got some from the first Casemates offering, but find them good enough that I might buy more…
Edit: I see what CT says for drinking window, but I’d like to hear KR’s take on it.
@markgm Where in CT are you? I’m in southern NH - would also be game to split (or just take 2 of each wine for 4 total) from a case depending on how much you would want to keep for yourself. I’ll probably be trekking down to the Hartford area sometime in the next couple months and could pick up then.
This was my first Casemates purchase, and I have repeated it again. Am enjoying a bottle of the Pinot this evening with pizza, and loving it! I opted for the super duper fast shipping with ice. We’ll see if it make the trip to the east coast any easier on the juice!
Hi all - Kent here. I know that this is a repeat, but it is a VERY GOOD repeat!..both are lovely wines that you would have to try very very hard not to like. Take advantage as we are almost out on both and there will be no “3rd go”. Esoterica wines are made in very small quantities - more as a hobby for me (to keep my winemaking life interesting) than as anything commercial. David badgered me into offering them again, saying that “oh…they like your wines “so much”…if you still have some you HAVE to let me offer them”…honestly…he is a good salesman!
Anyhow…these are a rare find and I hope that you order them up.
I will keep an eye on this blog over the weekend. If any of you have questions or comments that you would like to address to me, I will do my best to answer them.
All the best, Kent
@KRWINE Thanks for the re-offer of your wine!! I had to jump on it! WD is right, we love your wine. I almost bought 2 cases, but my basement is full of wine and since I’m retired, I have to buy with a little control.
It seems the messaging system was screwed up since yesterday. I lost two messages to Casemates and I sure hope that it didn’t affect purchases. I thought your wine would have been sold out by now!! Take care Kent and keep making great juice for us!!