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Thee & Thou, “Dévoilée” Cabernet BlendSierra Foothills, California 2019 (750mL)

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Thee & Thou, “Dévoilée” Cabernet Blend Sierra Foothills, California 2019 (750mL)

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“We generally don’t expect to be moved when we see a $30 Cabernet blend from California, but John Donaghue’s single-vineyard, barrel-aged “Dévoilée” created a seismic event at our tasting table that won’t soon be forgotten.”

Born in San Francisco and quite literally raised as a high-rise engineer, John Donaghue spent his former years peering out at the surrounding wine country until finally making the leap into the industry in 2010. He started off with consecutive harvests at Clos Saron in the Sierra Foothills and, by the second year, he produced his own wine. For the past decade, he’s sourced small amounts of top-quality fruit from this sprawling AVA while adhering to a minimal intervention mindset in the winery.    

In the fall of 2019, after harvesting Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from the “Red Paws Vineyard” in the Sierra Foothills, John gently transported his crop to a crush facility on San Francisco’s Treasure Island. Upon completing a spontaneous, native-yeast fermentation without any sulfur additions, the resulting wine (60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 40% Merlot) was transferred into old French barrels for 12 months of undisturbed aging. It was bottled with a tiny dose of sulfur. All the writing and label design was hand-drawn by 96-year-old artist and family friend, Carol Lutz. 

Because of the wine’s natural constitution, we recommend a 30-minute decant to allow it to stretch its legs and blow off the small prickle. In the glass, Thee & Thou’s 2019 “Dévoilée” pours a radiant ruby with bright magenta reflections and effuses bright, super-high-toned aromas of candied cherry, crushed red plum, black raspberry, and cranberry alongside tobacco leaf, damp rose, menthol, and crushed earth. The palate (only 13.4% alcohol!) offers up plump yet structured layers of vivid red-black berries and a soft core of crushed minerals that pop due to the wine’s beautiful acidity. We’re certain this will age gracefully over the next five years but they may not last that long after you try a bottle. 

  • CountryUnited States
  • RegionSierra Foothills, California
  • SoilVolcanic & Granite
  • FarmingOrganic
  • BlendCabernet Sauvignon 60%, Merlot 40%
  • Alcohol13.5%
  • OakNeutral French Barrels
  • Temp.Serve at 60° F
  • GlasswareBordeaux Stem
  • DrinkingNow-2026+
  • Decanting30 Minutes
  • PairingBeef Birria

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