Pied à Terre is the brainchild of Richard Luftig, a former New York Metropolis wine purchaser who, pissed off with the rising costs of California cabernet, figured he’d launch his personal label. At the moment, Pied a Terre is produced in Sonoma County.
The corporate’s most up-to-date launch is a brand new Reserve “Artist Collection,” with 2018 the inaugural classic. We evaluate each the 2018 normal expression and the brand new Reserve expression under.
2018 Pied a Terre Cabernet Sauvignon Sonoma County – Inexperienced up high, with a powerful mint notice, this rhubarb-heavy cab is on the tannic aspect, but additionally a bit vegetal, which isn’t one of the best mixture. Decant, or give it loads of time in glass, and a few of these more durable components are inclined to blow off, forsaking a surprisingly candy character, blackberry and raspberry backed up by black pepper and a decent, balsamic component on the end. It’s approachable given air time, however the stability appears a bit off in the end. B / $32
2018 Pied a Terre Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Artist Collection Sonoma County – This barrel choose (comprised of 4 barrels, bottles are individually numbered) of the identical wine is a transparent step up, a lot richer and extra rounded, the tannins higher built-in and the fruit amped up, nearly to an excessive. Right here a conventional currant notice finds a pleasing companion by way of the mint components current in the usual bottling, a extra vibrant, darkish chocolate notice heavy, balsamic components current however restrained. It’s a wine that might simply profit from a while in cellar, tempering the numerous tannins and letting that balsamic component die down, however a bit air will get it into an approachable stage as we speak. The fruit-heavy assault is partaking, the mint chocolate notice that emerges because it develops on the tongue retains the celebration going. Choose it up. A- / $80