Some time ago I brought you another one of their wines, the 2013 Petite Sirah. I've also heralded other wines that emanate from the parent winery, Plumpjack Group. Excellent wines from Plumpjack, Cade and Odette Wineries. It's from the later that wines carrying the Adaptation name emerge.
Wines assembled under the tutelage of the Odette Winemaker, Jeff Owens; who started his internship at Cakebread Cellars, moving then to Plumpjack, then elevated to assistant winemaker at Cade, finally in the early days of 2012 was promoted to Winemaker at Odette. His first vintage of the Odette Reserve Cabernet 2012 receiving a 100 Point rating! Those qualifications helping make the name "Adaptation" a household name in the wine business.
From my early association with this wine when first released, I have been privy to each of the vintages since then. Without question, they have all been excellent. Trying not to guess what Jeff’s motivation or plans have been for the wine, the one thing that has always stuck with me is that the wine tends to be an early release Cabernet. By that, I liken it to another high-end Cabernet that also releases their wine early, that of Caymus.
Both wines to me are wines meant to be enjoyed young as compared to their siblings, the Caymus Special Select, and the Odette Cabernet and Reserve Cab.
Let’s drop the comparison from here as this is about the Adaptation Cab.
Looking at Odette and Adaptation, you find one of the biggest areas of difference is the oak usage and aging. Adaptation spending a little less time in French Oak and less new oak as well. I believe that this helps give the wine its structure without sacrificing that Napa Cab quality. Blending the wine using 85% Cabernet and 15% Merlot also gives it a nice roundness. Additionally, as the winery puts it, “The majority of the Cabernet Sauvignon comes from Ink Grade (on the back side of Howell Mountain), which provides the framework and structure to carry this wine. We headed south incorporating vineyards in Pope Valley, Stags Leap District and Oak Knoll that complimented the abundance of tannin, color and structure already in place.” Not a bad pedigree as I see it! Click here for the tech sheet.
From my tasting the wine, I first noticed the rich dark fruit that fills the palate along with a slight earthiness and subtle tannins, making this a wine you can enjoy in its youth. Nice acidity will make this a great food wine as well and its long finish makes you wanting more.
While youth presents itself for early consumption, don’t be misled into thinking this wine will not or could not age. Five years, give or take, should only bring you even more enjoyment out of this wine.
Looking for a great Cab for dinner? Look no further than this outstanding example from Napa Valley, or any of the selections from the Plumpjack Group.