Bob Cabral Wines From the Heart

Bob in his element. | Courtesy bobcabralwines.com

If ever there was someone destined to be a winemaker, it is Bob Cabral. He grew up an agricultural family and culture in California’s central valley and was responsibly tending to grapes and other crops from the time he could walk. Clearly there is terroir in this guy’s DNA.

Bob Cabral wines are crafted from select vineyard blocks of grapes and detailed farming techniques, just-right harvest times and winemaking decisions all driven by a vision of excellence.

Fast forward a decade or four to when he spent 16 years at one of the icons of Sonoma, as winemaker at Williams Selyem. This brought him great fame and provided a good life for his family. Then one day he found himself standing alone at sunset in a remote vineyard on the Sonoma Coast where he realized it was time to leave the never-ending work weeks of a celebrity winemaker to focus on his family.

Bob Cabral Wines | Lou Phillips

Eventually Cabral did take on less-consuming winemaking roles, which provided the balance he was seeking, but still he felt there were a few things missing. First, realized how grateful he was for all the good fortune in his career and knew he needed to give back to the communities that had supported him. To that end, the profits of his newest project would go back into those communities. Second, he felt he had completely authentic wines inside him that had not been made — zero compromise wines made with abandon.

With this mission and his family’s support, Bob Cabral Wines was born. These are the dream wines he has always wanted to make; these are his wines from the heart.

Made for Valette by Bob Cabral | Lou Phillips

The wines are crafted from select vineyard blocks of grapes and detailed farming techniques, just-right harvest times and winemaking decisions all driven by a vision of excellence. Cabral goes as far as to select each tree for his barrels.

Here are my tasting notes:

  • Troubadour Pinot Noir is as close to Grand Cru as I have experienced from California —ethereal, earthy, lithe, powerful with rose petal, mushroom and spiced cranberries, sophisticated and sultry.
  • American Girl Rosé is full of barely ripe raspberry, dry strawberry, spice and a beautiful feral quality. You could do an entire meal with this as your wine pairing.
  • Anne Rose Chardonnay is at once crisp, almost crunchy, yet somehow rich on the palate, with a multilayered finish; this represents the best that Russian River offers from this varietal.
  • The Zallah Ranch Riesling is full of kinetic energy and super-fresh fruit. It is about as good as it gets for American Riesling.

From a collector’s standpoint, I see this as the next Sine Qua Non, so with microscopic production levels, you may want to get on their list now. For availability, call Heather Cabral at (707) 321-5148 and be sure to tell her I sent you. | bobcabralwines.com