Three beautiful Californian reds

Recently I had a chance to try 3 very cool wines from two small family wineries in California. There are some very cool wines coming out of Cali, that are not the typical Cabernet Sauvignon, etc. If you ever get to stop in at the winery – I am sure you’ll enjoy these wines too!

2013 Devil Proof 

Devil Proof Vineyards

100% Malbec from Alexander Valley

approx. $85 usd

IMG_2481A Cuban connection – “Devil Proof” is a common saying in Cuba

Made by a young winemaker by the name of Jesse Katz. He is one of many who are being bold and testing the boundaries for what this area is known for.  And just recently Parker rated this the best Malbec in California!

Super soft on the nose, slightly dirty plums and some bright berries, solid acidity and strength with some spice, slight garrigue, minerals and a little dust on the tannins, and concentrated.

Aperture Wines (grapes label)

Aperture Winery

95 % Cabernet Sauvignon / 5 % Malbec

approx. $50 usd


Made by Jesse Katz in collaboration with his dad Andy Katz. Super soft tannins for a Cab dominant wine, some grip on the acid and tannin, slight hint of green pepper, a little heat, but opens nicely with a hint of tobacco notes. Jesse’s wines were noticed by Justin Timberlake, who poured the Aperture at his wedding to Jessica Biel.


Aperture Wines (burning barrels label)

60% Merlot / 40% Cabernet Franc

Right Bank Bordeaux style wine

approx. $50 usd


Personality plus on the nose,  fruits jump out of the glass, perfumed and juicy, leafy, smooth, think of an oreo cookie – Merlot is in the middle and Cab Franc is the chocolate cookie, hints of mocha, liquorice. Well balanced, medium plus in body.

made by Jesse’s dad Andy Katz

all the wines see approx 12 months in new oak to allow the personality of the grapes to show


Check out these wineries and see why you should keep a close eye on their winemaker and wines!

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