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California Cabernet-Shiraz

California Cabernet-Shiraz Wine Details

Description: This Australian-style blend was handcrafted and aged for at least 16 months in French oak barrels. It is a marriage of our hearty El Dorado Cabernet Sauvignon and our spicy Monterey Shiraz. The wine has full body, abundant fruit and a balanced structure. It is non-malolactic and is likely to improve with age for 20 or more years.

Varietal Definition
Alternate name for the french Syrah clone grape grown in Australia and responsible for very big red wines that are not quite as intense in flavor as the french Rhone versions.
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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