Le P'tit Paysan bottle

Le P'tit Paysan

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016

Wine maverick Ian Brand is a house favorite, this being his fifth Blue Apron collaboration. He’s made a career of going his own way, making incredible wines from grapes grown in unconventional locales. True to form, Ian crafted this Cabernet from two regions almost no one associates with the variety. The result is a red that’s a little bit Old World, a little bit Disco Era and altogether classic. That’s why you can enjoy this wine now, or in a few years—and then fall in love with it.

Profile

Le P’tit Paysan Cabernet Sauvignon is a smooth operator: Stylistically, it’s akin to the Cabernets of the 1970s and ’80s, modeled after Bordeaux—balanced by equal parts tannins and berry and plum flavors.

Low
High
TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Dark purple
APPEARANCE
Dark purple
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Blackberry
Cocoa
Cranberry
Black plum

Pairing

The calling card of these reds—like Cabernet Franc, Carménère and some Malbecs—is the herbal, smoky or even meaty flavors emerging from the fruitiness. The savory element makes these wines match well with roasted vegetables; the more fresh herbs in a recipe, the more harmonious each bite and sip.

More About The Wine

San Benito and Santa Clara are neighboring counties in California’s Central Coast region, which stretches from Santa Cruz down to Santa Barbara. Cold air rolling in from the Pacific makes for slow, even ripening of the grapes. This wine’s red-fruit flavors come from grapes grown in Santa Clara’s sandy soil; the tannins and dark-fruit flavors come from warmer plots, in San Benito.

DID YOU KNOW?

Santa Clara was California’s premier grape source in the 1850s, home to pioneering winery Paul Masson. Its resurgence is thanks to quality-dedicated vintners like Ian Brand.

  • VARIETY
    Cabernet Sauvignon
  • VINTAGE
    2016
  • VINEYARD
    Summers Ranch, Caleri Vineyard, Spur Ranch
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    San Benito County (52%) and Santa Clara County (48%), California
  • OAK
    French oak (14 months)
  • ALCOHOL
    12.5%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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