Rock Point bottle

Rock Point

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013

Pinot Noir is Oregon’s star grape, but it’s Cabernet that shines near the border with California. The Rogue Valley only gained attention for grapes in the ‘90s, but interest spread quickly; the Traynham family arrived from California in 1997 to purchase land. They restored the property’s Rock Point Hotel (one of Oregon’s oldest structures), converted a peach orchard to vines, and hired fourth-generation California farmer Rob Wallace. He still runs the farm today.

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Rock Point Cabernet Sauvignon is unlike any you’ve tried from California or France. It’s earthy, fruity and savory all at once, very unusual—yet delightful—for a Cabernet.

Low
High
TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Dark ruby with purple edges
APPEARANCE
Dark ruby with purple edges
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Smoke
Cherry
Cocoa
Black truffle

Pairing

The opposite of subtle, these reds completely coat your palate with fruit flavor and tannin. California Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon as well as reds from countries with warm climates, like Spain and Australia, are what you want with dishes that are rich in their own right. It's why these reds rule every steakhouse wine list.

TASTING TIP

Pour this wine into glasses before you start cooking dinner, and let it sit. The air will help the savory and fruit flavors reveal themselves.

Uncork a full, rich red to stand up to the beefy, cheesy goodness. Go big or go home.

This is a nonna's classic, so pour a red with richness and complexity to match it. Her dish deserves nothing less!

A full, rich red can stand up to the dish's hearty sauce, as well as the richness of the chicken thighs. Winter is here.

This hearty dish is all about roasted flavors. A smoky, complex Cabernet complements that intensity.

Smoky and spicy, this dish calls for a substantial wine with concentrated flavor to stand up to it. This Cabernet fits the bill.

This unconventional Cabernet is full of smoky, earthy flavors that complement an equally earthy, well spiced dish.

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More About The Wine

The Rogue Valley is a small, sunny region in Oregon’s southwest corner, not far from the border with California. It’s the Oregon you imagine—lush and green, where wildlife abounds (bears and bobcats often wander among the vines). The region is blocked from the Pacific by a mountain range, so the weather stays mild year-round—perfect for both red and white grapes.

DID YOU KNOW?

Because the Rogue Valley is so close to the California border, many of the growers sell their grapes to wineries on both sides of the state line.

  • VARIETY
    Cabernet Sauvignon
  • VINTAGE
    2013
  • VINEYARD
    Del Rio Vineyard
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Rogue Valley, Oregon
  • OAK
    French and American oak
  • SOIL
    Sand, silt and loam
  • ALCOHOL
    13.3%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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