An extrovert of a Cabernet, the J Rickards “AV Select” Cabernet is full of black cherry liqueur, ripe blackberries, toasty oak, espresso and mint smells and flavors. Rich, mouth-filling, juicy and strong but not at all tannic, this sexy, simple, full-flavored Cabernet hits the bold style it’s going for bulls-eye. If I owned a steak-house restaurant, I would buy as much as I could of this Cab and pour it by the glass.
A northern Alexander Valley vineyard and winery near Cloverdale, J Rickards has consistently impressed me for their high quality and fair prices. Their business model lines up to be able to produce outstanding, great value wines: they own and grow their grapes, sell most of them to acclaimed wineries, keep enough to make around 5000 cases. If you like delicious, rich, California-style wines, I highly recommend you check out J. Rickards.