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Cabernet Sauvignon

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Details

Description: From our extraordinary line-up of 2002 vintage red wines comes our star bottling of Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Consistent with the 2001 vintage, this wine is a seductive blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6% Cabernet Franc, crafted from hillside vineyards in Oakville, Rutherford and Pritchard Hill. Powerful aromas of sweet oak and cedar spice soar from the glass, mingled with ripe blackberry, clove, and vanilla shadings. Off the line, the wine is packed with fruit and richly textured with an opulent core of blackberry and black plum, and essence of coffee bean. Mature tannins are firm yet supple, adding depth and weight to the wine as it powers toward a long and complex finish. 1,200 cases produced.

Varietal Definition
Cabernet Sauvignon:
Cabernet Sauvignon is the most widely planted and significant among the five dominant varieties in France’s Bordeaux region, as well as the most successful red wine produced in California. Though it was thought to be an ancient variety, recent genetic studies at U.C. Davis have determined that Cabernet Sauvignon is actually the hybrid offspring of Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Franc. Cabernet Sauvignon berries are small with black, thick and very tough skin. This toughness makes the grapes fairly resistant to disease and spoilage and able to withstand some autumn rains with little or no damage. It is a mid to late season ripener. These growth characteristics, along with its flavor appeal have made Cabernet Sauvignon one of the most popular red wine varieties worldwide.
Cabernet Franc:
Cabernet Franc is an accessible, spicy, herbal, dark blue grape variety that is often compared to Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc tends to be softer and has less tannin than Cabernet Sauvignon, although the two can be difficult to distinguish. Sometimes the French refer to Cabernets, which could mean either of the two grapes. Its typical aromas include an herbaceous and pronounced peppery nose, even in ripe fruit, and something eerily like tobacco. The Cabernet Franc ripens at an earlier stage, which gives it reason to exist in the Bordeaux area. In the Loire, where we find it a lot, it gives a clear red fresh and fruity wine.


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