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Easton Cabernet Sauvignon, Shenandoah Valley, Estate

Easton Cabernet Sauvignon, Shenandoah Valley, Estate Wine Details
Price: $30.00 per bottle

Description: Our Cabernet Sauvignon is from the Baldinelli Vineyard which was planted in 1972 on St. George rootstock. This is an old, low-bearing small berry/cluster clone. Yields are about 2-2 1/2 tons per acre. Our growing season is longer and cooler than what many might assume. It is comparable in many ways to the Howell Mountain region of the Napa Valley. Red, iron-laden soils of grainy decomposed granite. Warm days moderated by afternoon Delta breezes and cool night air from the high Sierra peaks just 50 miles to our East. Closer to harvest as the days become shorter, fruit cooled overnight takes half the day to warm again and matures slowly. Harvest was late in 1999 with the Cabernet being picked on October 18th. Fruit was physiologically mature with this long hang time. Most of the grapes are fermented in 5 ton open top fermenters and hand-punched. The remainder are fermented in a 10 ton closed top tank where the cap is irrigated with a special device during pumpovers. Lots are combined at a later date depending on the winemaker's discretion. Aging is in 100% French oak including 33% new Taransaud thin-staved Bordeaux-styled Center of France barrels. The wine is in barrel for two years prior to bottling in the Fall of 2001. It was aged in bottle for an additional two years prior to its' release in November of 2003.

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.


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