The HandCraft Artisan Collection features California wines that are made with dashes of Italian grapes under the under the direction of proprietor Cheryl Indelicato with Alicia Ysais, winemaker. HandCraft is involved in a number of charitable endeavors, including raising $100,000 in 2012 for breast cancer research.
I like the label design, with a wave of various vineyard elements moving across the label in a gentle sine curve. Autumn grape leaves, ripe clusters, barrels, etc. In addition to this Cabernet Sauvignon, they also make a Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Petite Sirah. The website features a nice selection of suggested recipes, and I'm tempted to try out the gorgonzola polenta.
2011 HandCraft Cabernet Sauvignon
77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 21% Petite Sirah, 2% Sangiovese
$13, 14.5% abv.
Loads of dark fruit, with black cherry and plum combined with aromas and flavors of coffee and chocolate. A little leather as well, plus a tart, tannic finish. Long, lingering cherry flavors afterward. A great match with roast duck and pan-fried potatoes on a rainy August afternoon.
Note: This wine was provided as a sample.