Introducing Herzog "Variations"
For centuries, the Herzog name has stood as a standard for exquisite wine and superior winemaking. Since 1985, the Herzog family has brought their artisan craftsmanship to California, producing wines of exceptional quality. Through their vision, hard work, innovation and foresight, the Herzog family changed the taste, availability and perception of kosher wine throughout the U.S. and the world, and redefined the kosher wine industry. Royal is the global leader in sourcing kosher wines and beverages. The Herzog family, with David Herzog at the helm, personifies the American dream.
Through the years, the family, along with their brilliant winemaker Joseph Hurliman has carefully explored each of California's growing regions – noting the subtle variations in soil and climate, and how each influences the grapes.
"Variations is a celebration of the unique qualities that the Herzogs have discovered in each region – a celebration of California Cabernet Sauvignon. We hope that you enjoy drinking these wines as much as we have enjoyed making them, and that you will discover the variations of California's incredible wine regions for yourself."
They are all priced in the $25 range. We found them each extraordinary to drink now – or as the winemaker Joe Hurliman recommends, graceful vintages to store for later.
A brief description of the Variations follows. . . but our take is that you cannot go wrong with any one you select. Our recommendation: try all three!
Each of the Variations is named for the number of different kinds of Cabernet it contains: the first three wines released are called "Three," "Four" and "Five" respectively. These cabernets stand as a tribute to California, the home of Herzog winemaking for nearly thirty years. The label design reflects the state's borders.
We have had the privilege and pleasure of visiting the Herzog Wine Cellars in Oxnard, California. In addition to the sensational selection of wines, the restaurant Tierra Sur is superb. If you are in the Los Angeles area, do not miss this experience.
Variations--What a lovely way to toast the New Year! We have listed the wines along with the winemaker's descriptions. Each of these wines can age gracefully for 5-8 years if stored at 55-60 degrees.
Cabernet Sauvignon-California - 2012
From Paso Robles: lush notes of strawberry preserves
From the Napa Valley: a touch of dusty minerality
From Santa Ynez: a rich finish of cocoa
Cabernet Sauvignon- California - 2012
Napa Valley: concentrated notes of plum
Paso Robles: aromas of fresh red cherry
Alexander Valley: hints of red currant
Santa Ynez: toasted coconut finish
Cabernet Sauvignon –California - 2012
Santa Ynez aromas of ripened blackberry
Napa Valley bold flavors of blueberry
Alexander Valley notes of cassis
Paso Robles old world structure
Chalk Hill dried sage in the finish