Sonoma Rising is an offering that not only exemplifies the 2018 Barrel Auction’s emphasis on “never before, never again”, but it also serves the dual purpose of providing financial support to the Sonoma County Vintners Emergency Relief Fund. Funds raised by the Sonoma Rising lots will have a direct impact to the short-‐ and long-‐ term recovery efforts of those who were affected by the October wildfires. We believe in the fortitude and resilience of our community and our ability to work together to endure and recover from the wildfires.
Sonoma Rising “Fortitude” is a once‐in‐a‐lifetime alliance of four of Sonoma County’s most distinguished Cabernet Sauvignon producers: Aperture, Lambert Bridge Winery, Laurel Glen Vineyard and Mauritson. These wineries share an affinity for hillside-‐grown Cabernet, and the belief that these wines are unique expressions of Sonoma County. Nearly every winery in Sonoma County was affected by the fires in some way or another. The Sonoma Rising Fortitude Lot is an example of how our wine community has bonded in the wake of the fires, coming together to show their love and support of the community.
The finished blend of Sonoma Rising is the very definition of “never before, never again.” It is created from finished wines, crafted by each of these producers, from the 2016 vintage. The result is nothing short of magnificent. It is a gorgeous Cabernet of great structure and density, with layers of complexity. It is the only wine of its kind that will ever be made. Crafted by true masters, it belongs in the collection of a connoisseur who can appreciate its opulent presentation and unrivaled provenance.
A winemaker dinner or store visit is offered as part of this lot. Must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date and booked within a year of receipt.