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Back by popular demand! The Zin version of this was so loved by y’all not too long ago that it almost crashed the site, so our friends at Saddleback came back with more from the world of Black Rock…
Here’s your ticket into the wonderful winemaking world of Nils Venge - aka America’s first 100-point winemaker and the man behind HUNDREDS of amazing wines over the decades.
And the price? A ludicrously low $19?!
Left us wondering, do cougars roar? Well, this one surely does.
Nils has been a dominant FORCE in the wine industry for four decades now. He helped propel Charles Krug, Mount Eden, Sterling, Saddleback, and Groth into the forefront of California’s wine scene. Oh, and he crafted Groth’s 1985 100-point Cabernet – the first-ever perfect scoring CA wine. Not too shabby. He continued to pursue his passion on his Cougar’s Leap project, making unbelievably affordable high-quality wines from the Lake County outpost. The rugged, volcanic obsidian soil and warm temps make a perfect breeding ground for the head-trained red varietals he focuses on.
This blend brings together Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, Tempranillo, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The resulting wine is massive, meaty, and rugged to the core. You get the round, ripe, and jammy personality from the Petite and Zin and the inky, meaty side of Tempranillo and Cab. Tons of brambly blackberry, red currant, dried figs, freshly laid tar, smoked meat, tobacco, and spices rise to the surface, all framed on the palate by dusty, fine-grained tannins.
If you’re grilling this summer (or smoking some meats on the Traeger) and don’t have a bottle (more like a case) of this around… well, what are you waiting for?
Pitch black to the deep core, shadowless as a cougar purring on a black rock in the middle of a moonless night
Tons of brambly blackberry, red currant, dried figs, freshly laid tar, smoked meat, tobacco, and spices rise to the surface
You get the round, ripe, and jammy personality from the Petite and Zin and the inky, meaty side of Tempranillo and Cab
Massive, meaty, and rugged to the core with dusty, fine-grained tannins, shockingly long for its humble category
If you’re grilling this summer (or smoking on the Traeger) you need a bottle (more like a case) of this around…
What the Winery Says
2015 'Cougar's Cuvée' Red Hills
- Nils Venge
- 42% Petite Sirah, 32% Zinfandel, 20% Tempranillo, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
- Red Hills, Lake County, CA
- 2,300 feet
- Harvest dates
- September-October, 2015
- In 4X4 bins for 10 days
- 6.1 g/L
- Bottling date
- June 6, 2017
- 18 months
- 50% new American and French oak