Intrinsic was created to help bridge the gap between the agricultural setting where wine grapes are grown and the urban setting where wine is enjoyed. Winemaker Juan Muñoz-Oca, who has had years of experience working with Cabernet Sauvignon as the head winemaker for Columbia Crest in Paterson, Washington, found a passion project in Intrinsic. Through it, he has been able to explore the raw, yet elegant characteristics of Cabernet Sauvignon in Washington and establish new, cutting edge techniques for the wine.
The inspiration behind the Intrinsic label came from urban culture and the similarities between street art and winemaking. Both are reflective of the environment around it and are a collaboration between artist and landscape. Muñoz-Oca used this insight and married it with the incredible quality of tannins in Washington State to push the traditional boundaries of Cabernet Sauvignon in the same way street art pushes boundaries of urban aesthetics. By extracting more from the grape skins, our winemaker believed he could impart more layers and depth to the wine. After years of experimentation and trial and error involving extremely extended maceration, Intrinsic was born.
This vintage of Intrinsic has a wonderful floral nose, complemented by aromas of cherry and leather. The flavors are layered with tones of blueberry jam, pomegranate and chocolate. The texture is rustic, yet silky, with a unique savory and inviting finish.
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