I was about midway in the first official winetasting after some eighteen months at my local wine shop The Fine Wine Source. The tasting was held by Korbin Ming, the winemaker at Korbin Kameron at Moonridge Vineyards. The nineteen-acre estate was planted in 2000 and it sits on the ridge of Mt. Veeder on Mayacamas Mountain Range and straddles the Napa/Sonoma County line at 2,300 feet in elevation. The majority of the estate is in Sonoma County and they can look out and see Santa Rosa, Sonoma Mountain and on a clear day the Pacific Ocean. Then if you turn around you are looking at Oakville and Rutherford, below the fog line. That is the beauty of a mountain winery and one of the added benefits is a couple of hours of extra sunlight for the vines.
We had a nice vertical of three different Korbin Kameron Cabernet Sauvignon Moon Mountain District wines of 2010, 2011 and 2015. It was interesting to match my notes, because back in 2020, I had a chance to taste a vertical run of this wine of the vintages of 2006, 2008, 2010, 2014 and 2015 and true to form, we ended up with the 2006, because I just enjoy a mellow aged wine over a feisty youth. All the wines from both tastings averaged about eighteen months of aging in French Oak with half of the barrels new, and about six-hundred cases of each vintage was produced. This time as we tasted and took notes, we found the 2010 vintage to be very subtle, almost shy for a Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2011 vintage was alive and kicking and was what everyone would expect from a Cabernet Sauvignon. The 2015 vintage was perfect, the color was beautiful, the nose offered the dark fruit, the notes of black cherries and spice was wonderful and it ended with a nice long count of terroir.
Then we had two different Korbin Kameron Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon wines. The first was Korbin Kameron Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Moon Mountain District Sonoma County 2016 and this was a rich wine, big in the nose, taste and the finish. The second wine was a Korbin Kameron Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Mount Veeder Napa Valley 2016 and this wine was even bigger and chewier, which is one of my favorite descriptions for a big Cabernet Sauvignon, with even more tannins and a longer finish of terroir. The Reserve wines were aged for eighteen months, but in all new French Oak barrels and about sixty cases were made of each of the wines. Both of the wines were great, but if I had a choice, I would go with the Mount Veeder, as the other side of the ridge was that much more striking and noticeable.