Sawbuck wines are made from grapes grown in the northern edge of the California wine country: Mendocino and Yolo Counties. Both are unique growing regions that are left of center of the mainstream. Often overlooked they offer wines of incredible quality at a value price. 2017 vintage – 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Petit Verdot, 10% Tannat. Aged 14 months in a blend of American, French and Hungarian oak. The Wine: Cassis and leather exemplify the aromas of this easy drinking 2017 Sawbuck Cabernet Sauvignon. The classic bouquet in the nose carries over to the juicy fruit flavors on the palate with a touch of cigar box and toasty oak. Dusty tannins set off a touch of barrel spice for a long, lingering finish. The Story: When owners John and Lane Giguiere started their first winery in 1983, they were young and enthusiastic with dreams much bigger than their bank account. The first years were financed by credit cards and hope, until they felt like they were down to their last Sawbuck before R.H. Phillips and Toasted Head became wine brands.