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Rabbit Ridge Le Lapin, Sonoma County

Rabbit Ridge Le Lapin, Sonoma County Reserve Wine Details
Price: $20.00 per bottle

Description: Our Rabbit Ridge "Le Lapin" was made from grapes grown in Sonoma County, California. "Le lapin" is a unique wine inspired by the famous grapes of Europe. This lush red blend is barrel aged using a combination of Cabernet Sauvignon, a classic grape of Bordeaux, and Barbera, a classic grape of Piedmont. Enjoy our reserve "Le Lapin" with notes of blackcurrant, chocolate and cherry.

Varietal Definition
A red-wine grape of Italian origin that produces sturdy, tannic wines capable of aging. Barbera is widely planted in Italy’s Piedmont region, where it accounts for half the total acreage. Most California Barbera is grown in the Central Valley and finds its way into generic or proprietary blends. The Sierra Foothills, Paso Robles, Santa Clara and Sonoma, where very warm days are moderated by cool nights, produce some of the state’s best varietal Barberas. The fruit is naturally high in acid, which it retains very well, even in hot climates. Barbera grapes are also high in anthocyanins, but only low to moderate in tannin content. The resulting wines are deep, purplish black in their youth, but tend to early browning and lightening as they age. Tannin from oak aging can help somewhat to stabilize color.
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.


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