Oakville is home to some of the Napa Valley’s most famous vineyards, and this area has long produced some of California’s most intense, complex, and interesting Cabernet—not to mention some of the most sought-after wines produced in the New World. Today’s Heist features Trinitas Cellars, a relatively new winery producing a range of wines from North Coast vineyards. Trinitas’ 2006 Cabernet is sourced from Oakville vineyards on the East side of the valley, where Western facing slopes ensure the grapes get plenty of sunshine, allowing for optimal ripeness.
The 2006 Trinitas Cabernet Sauvignon is nearly purple in the glass. The nose has typical Cabernet blackberry and cassis aromas, along with lovely hints of slate and violets. The palate combines blackberry, sandalwood, herb and spice into a focused, unified whole. Good acid holds everything together, and carries through to the finish. The tannins on this are starting to soften, but it may open up even more with a little more cellar time. This elegant wine is another Napa find, and at just over $30, represents an incredible bargain for Cabernet from this region. Serve it with stewed or braised meats, which will pair perfectly with this wine’s firm tannins.
Trinitas Cellars celebrates the connection among sun, soil and humanity by working closely with its grower society throughout Northern California to source a broad range of varietals from the regions where climate and soil conditions are most favorable. Small quantities of these exceptional-quality grapes are then handcrafted into an approachable California-style wine to be enjoyed as an aperitif or with food. The Busch family balances their resources to grow their business and benefit the community and their faith, by honoring and serving God in all they do.
Trinitas, the Latin word for Trinity, is the fundamental principle of Christianity. Trinity also symbolizes Sun, Soil & Humanity, which are the three ingredients evoking the perfect wine. It further reflects the triumvirate of the Wine Country lifestyle, Meritage Resort & Spa, and Trinitas wines.
Learn more at www.trinitascellars.com.