Napa Valley, California
Corte Riva Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
Opaque violet. Aromas of black berries and currants with a dash of vanilla. The flavors mirror the aromas with the addition of some raspberries giving it a savory acidity, and sweet oak to round it out. An excellent wine for roast meat.
Corte Riva was founded by husband and wife Nieves and Lawrence Cortez and Nieves' cousin Romel Rivera (hence Corte Riva) in 2001. They had emigrated from the Philippines to California in the '70s and worked in various wineries before eventually founding their own. Aside form his duties at Corte Riva, Romel is also the assistant winemaker at the highly regarded Pride Mountain Vineyards. The grapes for Corte Riva are sourced from various vineyards in Napa and occasionally the surrounding counties like Lake and Sonoma as well.