Spann Vineyards

'Lake Family' 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon

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When I was 18 years old I lived for 6 months in Bordeaux, where I was introduced to fine wines, then decided to return to California to become a winemaker. This wine is made in the image of the wines I fell in love with while I was there. It has powerful black fruit aromas and taste with rich texture and very moderate tannins for a smooth, lengthy finish. This wine is very enjoyable with or without food.

~Tasting Notes by Winemaker Betsy Spann
Appearance medium garnet with ruby flecks
Aromas black currant, blackberry, plum, dark chocolate, anise, smoke, saddle, tomato leaf, eucalyptus
Palate cherry pie, sweet tobacco, well integrated tannins
Food Pairing Suggestions
Softer tannins of this Cabernet Sauvignon make the wine very food friendly but also great for sipping on its own. Try it with steak frites, venison, buffalo burgers and roasted vegetable dishes. If pairing with cheese, go for Manchego, Comté or White Cheddar.

76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Petit Verdot, 7% Malbec

45 year-old vines


Clarksburg AVA, CA

425 cases
Aging Potential
Aged to drinking perfection!

“It offers aromas and flavors of black currants and cassis with some earthy notes. It is mouth filling and reveals a lovely texture with good balance and a persistent finish.”– 90+, International Wine Review

45 year-old vines at the Heringer Estate in Clarksburg
Winemaker Notes

– Fermented in stainless steel tanks. Full malolactic fermentation was completed in 59 gallon oak barrels.

-Aged 22 months in a mix of French and American oak barrels (15% new), then bottle aged for three months prior to release.

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Betsy Spann

About the Winemaker:

Betsy’s love of wine was fostered by a move to Bordeaux with her family in 1975 where she explored the wines and cheeses of southwestern France.  After returning to California to attend college she went to work in a small wine shop where her interest grew and she opened her own boutique wine store. She then sold the shop and moved to Dry Creek Valley where she helped with the startup of Lake Sonoma Winery, working both in the vineyards and in wine production.

Betsy’s continued interest in European wines led her to Dallas, Texas to join the fine wine team of a large importing company.  This is where she met Peter, who charmed her with a keen sense of wine and an amazing wine cellar.  They fell in love, and married on one condition: that they would ultimately move back to her beloved California.  When they moved they decided to buy a vineyard and sell the grapes but when it came time to do so they decided to take the plunge and make their own wines instead.

Their experience with the wines of great producers around the world over the past 40 years has been invaluable. Peter and Betsy take the best ideas and techniques they’ve learned from European and California winemakers and apply them to their own wines.

They strive to create food-friendly, unique wines that are memorable and blend seamlessly into the occasion. Memorable in their purity, authenticity, distinctiveness, and enjoyment, seamless in how they integrate into the setting, whether it be with friends on the patio or accompanying a formal dinner. Whatever the time or place, Spann Vineyards will linger pleasurably on your palate and in your memory.


About the Winery
Spann Vineyards
Nestled among the majestic coastal redwoods of the Mayacamas Mountains, the steeply terraced mountainside vineyard yields small amounts of richly flavored Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Malbec and Sangiovese grapes. From this and select cool-climate vineyards throughout Sonoma County, Betsy and Peter Spann craft very limited quantities of European-style blended wines, strongly influenced by their admiration of Bordeaux, the Rhone Valley and Tuscany.
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