Climbing up the state's rugged coastline, the chilly Marin County, just above the City and most of Sonoma County, as well as Mendocino County on the far north end of the North Coast successfully grow cool-climate varieties like?Pinot Noir,?Chardonnay?and in some spots,?Riesling. Inland Lake County, on the other hand, is considerably warmer, and?Cabernet Sauvignon,?Zinfandel?and?Sauvignon Blancproduce some impressive wines with affordable price tags.
The 2017 Twenty Bench Cabernet Sauvignon has a ripe black cherry core, twining with blackberry syrup, a subtle minerality, with the smokiness of charred French oak on the nose. The mouth is creamy and dense, with layered of juicy berries, the darkest of dark chocolates, rich espresso and black pepper. The wine is well-balanced and drinking well in its youth. You can enjoy this singular wine on its own or with grilled meats--especially burgers.