Rosa Fierro Cellars – 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon “Call Me a Cab”

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The Winery

2021 is a break out year for Rosa Fierro Cellars. She recently won two Double Gold Medals at the 2021 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. They were for her 2019 “The Unoaked” Chardonnay and her 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon “Call Me a Cab”.

Rosa Fierro opened Rosa Fierro Cellars in 2014 and recently left her full time job and career as a legal assistant to concentrate 100% on the winery. “Rosie” as she is called, had worked in tasting rooms, made port in her garage and eventually worked with many of Livermore’s better winemakers at a production facility in Livermore. The winery is 100% woman owned and operated with women staff. Rosie specializes in hand crafted, limited production wines. Her grapes come from both Livermore and Napa Valleys. One of the key points of her winemaking is selecting the best grapes in the vineyard. Each varietal is limited to 50-200 cases. Those wines include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay (both oaked and unoaked versions), Merlot, a Rosé (from Cabernet Sauvignon grapes), Zinfandel, Primitivo, a Red Blend and her latest being the Cabernet Franc. Her total production is approximately 1,000 cases.  She has won many awards in a relatively short time. The tasting room is located at 2245 South Vasco Road, Livermore. The backgrounds on her and her staff on the website are especially creatively done! Rosie’s other passion is photography and her pictures adorn each unique label.

The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon “Call Me a Cab”

This is one powerful Cabernet Sauvignon! Aged for 36 months in French, American and Hungarian oak barrels. On the eyes a deep red crimson color and medium heavy viscosity. On the nose, strong aromas of oak and cherry. The first sip reminded me of some excellent Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignons. On the palate, pipe tobacco, vanilla, leather and cocoa. All these flavors came together to form an intense yet soft drinking Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes for “Call Me a Cab” come from Livermore. 99% are from Thatcher Bay Vineyards for Cabernet Sauvignon and 1% from White Cat Vineyards for Cabernet Franc. The finish with just the right amount of tannins provide a long lasting memory. This could easily go another 5-7 years in storage! The price is $40.

This wine will make my Best Wines Tasted in 2021 published at the end of the year!  Nice job Rosie on this Double Gold Medal Winner.

Sláinte,

Michael

https://californiawinesandwineries.com

https://www.rosafierrocellars.com/

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