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2014 Muscardini Cabernet Sauvignon

2014 Muscardini Cabernet Sauvignon Madrone Ridge Vyd, Moon Mountain, Sonoma


 
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93pt Rated | 'Excellent Vintage' -Wine Advocate

Old-school Cab shaped by two of Sonoma’s best old-school pals and by the “Excellent” 93-point vintage of 2014.

Michael Muscardini is a world away from the commercial, colossal names that dot the Napa and Sonoma valleys. A third-generation winemaker more interested in tradition and long-standing relationships than fads, trends—or even, profit!—Muscardini makes the sorts of wines that we love to drink here in Sonoma.

Sad thing is, he doesn’t make much of them!

Muscardini’s 2014 “Madrone Ridge” Cab comes from fruit grown by Michael’s friend Bill Saunderson in Sonoma’s Valley of the Moon region. As is typical of hand-made Cabs from this hilly, nutrient-poor terroir, this wine features deep mocha, black licorice and dark berry aromas and flavors with a kick of spice and cedar from barrel aging (this Cab was treated to 100% French oak, 30% of it new). Drink this new release now, but cellaring for five to ten years will only broaden and improve this textured, dark-chocolate scented beauty.


Four reasons we love it:

  • Both the Wine Enthusiast and the Wine Advocate gave the 2014 vintage for Sonoma Cab an impressive 93 points. “Someday, when California’s persistent drought is finally over, wine lovers may lift a glass to its memory, toasting the extraordinary 2014 vintage it made possible,” writes The Wall Street Journal
  • Michael Muscardini’s grandfather Emilio made wine back in 1892 in his native Italy before emigrating and founding St. Helena Napa Valley Wine Company.
  • This Cab was grown and fermented at Madrone Ridge Vineyards—a tiny, family-owned property in the heart of Sonoma County.
  • Grapes were sourced from Madrone’s legendary hillside vineyard planted in 1997 and ’98 on the slopes of Arrowhead Mountain in the Mayacamus Range.

Rich aromas of plum and tobacco swirl in the glass. On the palate, bold flavors of blackberry, plum jam, oaky tannin and a light vanilla, leading into a smooth finish.

What better way to tell of Muscardini Cellars than through the winemaker's eyes?

Our Mission ~

To create an avenue for our artistic expression that one can drink and enjoy, and to promote artisan handcrafted winemaking. From our family to your family.

Through Muscardini Cellars, the Muscardini family shares their zest for life and profound appreciation for the fruit of the vine with the Muscardini Cellars artisan wines. The mission of Muscardini Cellars is to culminate the knowledge, tradition and respect of more than a century of family experience in the industry with wines that artfully capture flavor and spirit.

Location ~

Muscardini Cellars graces Sonoma Valley’s (Valley of the Moon) Monte Terra with its estate grape vines, family home and barrel room. You are welcome to visit us in our Kenwood tasting room; meanwhile, enjoy the photos here online. Sonoma County is world renowned for its microclimates and weather conditions ideal for winemaking.

History of Muscardini Cellars ~
by Michael Muscardini

Let’s start in Italy, 1892, when my grandfather, Emilio Alchera, was born in the village of Calliano, just outside of the city of Asti in the Piemonte region. Emilio came to America in 1909 via Ellis Island in New York. After heading to the West Coast by train to meet his two brothers, Antonio and Louis, he settled in San Francisco.

Emilio began his living in California by helping to dig the Caldecott Tunnel, which connects the East Bay to Contra Costa County. After saving his money, he began to buy and run corner grocery stores where he sold fine bulk wines, and in his spare time made a red table wine

for the family. His business would eventually become the "St. Helena Napa Valley Wine Company."

It has taken me some time to finally continue and expand upon my grandfather’s tradition in winemaking, but after owning and managing a construction company, Creative Spaces, for 27 years, the time was right. With family and friends, and blessed by Monsignor O’Hara from St. Leo’s Church, I planted our first Sangiovese vines in May of 2000.

As the grapes grew, my son, Gian Carlo, and I built our family home at "Monte Terra." After moving into our new home on May 12, 2001, I began to study winemaking from two local winemakers, and took numerous related courses at UC Davis and Sonoma State University.

With our Sangiovese grapes ready to harvest in 2002, I took our first crop and my new winemaking knowledge and jumped in with both feet (less shoes). Now, with a number of harvests from both Monte Terra and other growers ~ some of the best in Sonoma County ~ behind me, I had honed my skills and won numerous awards, including two Best of Class awards and two Best of Show for my organically grown Sangiovese.

With winemaking in my blood, I asked the question, "Does the world need another winery?" And I thought, "Perhaps not, but the world does need to taste my wine."

September 2005 was our first custom crush at Wellington Vineyards in Sonoma Valley. We plan to make about 200-300 cases each of a 100% Syrah grape grown by our friends Unti Vineyards in Dry Creek Valley, a 100% Sangiovese grape grown by Merlo Vineyards in upper Dry Creek Valley, a Cabernet Sauvignon grown next door to our home, and a very special blend made in super Tuscan style – 65% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Syrah. All four are barrel aging for 12 months in French and American oak.

Michael Muscardini
Muscardini Cellars
Bottled with love, for the joy of living.

Enjoy this wine with grilled tri-tip, braised short ribs, or pasta with wild mushrooms and prosciutto.

Wine Ratings

93 Insider Points

Wine Reviews

I'll Catch You on Highway 12.

Muscardini is an icon in the Valley of the Moon. In fact I drive by them every day on the way to the office. So naturally, I had to pop in and say hello. It was well worth the stop.

Rich aromas of plum and tobacco swirl in the glass. On the palate, bold flavors of blackberry, plum jam, oaky tannin and a light vanilla, leading into a smooth finish. I've gotta drop by more often!

93 Points - JZ November '17

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