Old Soul Cabernet on a Snowy Morning

The day dawned with the first snow of the season.  A wet snow, coating everything in still white.  The morning skies matched the gray-white of the ground.


It seemed fitting that I had planned to open a favorite old vine Cabernet. The Old Soul Cabernet, born of old Lodi vines, holding quiet wisdom in its deep roots, fit the stillness of the morning.



I know, I know…Cabernet in the morning?  I decided to call it my brunch wine.  Mimosas are for the weak, after all.

Old Soul Vineyards are a brand of the Oak Ridge Winery, a five generation, family owned business.  Owned by the Maggio, Reynolds and Dondero families, it is the oldest operating winery in Lodi, built in 1934. I tasted through most of the Old Soul collection with Shelly Maggio-Woltkamp when she was in the midwest promoting her wines. Her passion for her wines was clear, a passion developed from daily involvement in the winery since 2002. This 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon blends Lodi Cabernet juice with some Zinfandel juice too.


Aromas are rich and complex with dark fruits, cedar, smoky wisps, dried herbs and vanilla.


The front palate is gentle offering up black plum with spicy oak, some earthy graphite notes and bright pomegranate. Sweet baking spices mingle in and the finish shows soft tannins.


The Old Soul shows complexity and depth, but in a character that is nuanced, not loud and brash. Even the alcohol level, coming in at just 13%, allows the wine’s finesse to show through.

My brunch plate was filled with Manchego and Mimolette cheeses, the saltiness of which was delicious with the fruit of the wine. Hearty whole grain bread, bitter, meaty walnuts and juicy pears added every texture imagineable.  The depth of the Cabernet stood up to the diversity of the plate.


Cabernet for brunch. Yes, it worked! And the gentle Old Soul Cabernet Sauvignon was a perfect companion to my quiet, snowy morning.



Drinking with brunch instead of a mimosa!;

Pairing with a plate of bread and cheeses;


A wine drinker who wants a California Cabernet showing a balance of fruit, depth and alcohol.

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