Sally's Place Review of our 2005 Kelleher Cabernet Sauvignon
September 25, 2009
"One of our best received series of columns each year deals with the new wineries we have discovered and recommend during our summer spent in California. For purposes of this article we use the term “wineries” in the broadest possible sense, meaning that while we include the traditional facility, we also include wines that have an independent label and are custom produced at a facility not owned by the wine’s producer. In other words, the vintner owns a wine, but not a brick and mortar winery. S/he merely rents the winemaking facility.
This year we have found some real beauties we will mention about below, along with a word or two about some of our favorite bottles of wine from each.
Kelleher Family Vineyard:
Here we have another winery that produces only one wine, and the Kelleher family and wine maker Craig Becker make a good one. Born from people’s desire to taste the fruit from, and walk through, the “Brix” vineyard on the grounds of the famed restaurant bearing that name, in 2004 the family decided to take what they formerly sold and bottle it themselves. There are only a few restaurants in California and Idaho where you can find this wine, so you must try it at Brix (where you can also have a 2.5 oz. tasting of the 03, 04, and 05 for $26) or order on line.
-2005 Kelleher "Brix Vineyard" Cabernet Sauvignon ($82): Dark with lots of different spices from the cherry influenced nose to the oak and cassis flavored finish."
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