To honor the Los Angeles Rams as they take on the Cincinnati Bengals in their hometown Feb. 13 for Super Bowl LVI, Los Angeles-based winemaker Malek Amrani has released a special wine. Luxury wine brand The Vice has a limited edition 2019 Cabernet Sauvignon, Los Carneros “The Ram” that’s made from 100% unfiltered and unfined cabernet sauvignon grapes sourced from the foothills of Mount Veeder.
What’s the significance for the LA Rams? Los Carneros — the first established sub-appellation of Napa Valley in 1981 — is Spanish for the rams, for one, says Amrani, founder/winemaker of the luxury wine brand The Vice. “The Ram is also my zodiac sign, the truck that I drive, and perhaps my favorite football team.”
Los Carneros is known primarily for its pinot noir and chardonnay wines, Amrani says. “Batch #52 reflects the potential of Los Carneros cabernet sauvignon, the underdog of Napa Valley, to achieve a breakthrough in a region where cabernet reigns king.”
The wine, produced from sustainably grown fruit with minimal winemaking intervention, aged for 22 months in two new medium toast oak barrels; one French and one American. Just 600 bottles of The Vice’s 2019 Los Carneros Cabernet Sauvignon were produced. The wine is available for $69 per 750-ml. bottle.