It's official, after trying every wine at every local vineyard (I know, work, work, work) I'm ready to declare my favorite: Agate's 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon. My wife and I are incredibly fortunate to have such great vineyards just minutes from our home, but Kim and her people have put together what is for me, the perfect Cab. Combine that with regular events with really great music at the vineyard and it's totally win/win.
The '09 Cab is unlike any other Southern Oregon or California Cab, it is warm and inviting with light mouth feel and a surprisingly dry finish. It's not "jammy" or "purple." As a friend pointed out, "this is a Cab I could just drink all day long."
Agate Ridge is a small operation with a very small tasting room on the first floor of the original farmhouse. They don't have a wood fired pizza oven, they don't have a menu. They do have an expansive yard with picnic tables and a big walnut tree for shade. Often there's just one person working in the tasting room, so it can seem a little less service-oriented than one might want on a first visit, but just roll with it. After a bit you'll feel just like family.
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