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Ancient Oak Winery 2013 Cab Franc Blend "Alcaeus" Berger Vineyard Sonoma Mountain

Master Sommelier Dan Pilkey
August 24th 2022 | 2 min

Alcaeus was a Greek lyric poet who wrote much about the natural world and serves as inspiration to the ways in which the Siebert’s farm their vineyards.

At near 1200 feet above sea level, Berger is rustic and majestic with old-school vine history planted as far back as the early 70’s. Like its neighbor Laurel Glen, the Alcaeus gets rugged with wild blueberries, kirsch and blackberry pie, with rose hip tea and cigar box overtones, and a long, layered finish framed by ripe, grainy tannins. The composition is 85% Cab Franc, 10% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 5% Merlot that are aged in French oak for about a year. If you’re into Bordeaux or older vintage of Ridge’s Montebello – this is something to get ahold of! 

Melissa Siebert founded Ancient Oak to celebrate a Pinot Noir vineyard that her husband Ken's grandparents planted, and Melissa and Ken raised their kids on -- marking four generations on the land. The eponymous ancient oak presides over this vineyard. Winemaker Greg La Follette employs the same small-batch, hands-on, native-fermentation approach that he began as André Tchelistcheff's last pupil and developed and implemented as the founding winemaker of Flowers and Tandem.

Closure – Natural Cork

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