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LHuile du Garagiste

LHuile du Garagiste Wine Details
Price: $30.00 per bottle

Description: Humanitas L'Huile du Garagiste or 'The Oil of the Garage Winemaker' is a tiny production (84 total cases) completely hand-crafted (literally hand picked, stomped, barreled, bottled and labeled) blend of 25% 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon from Oakville in the heart of Napa Valley and 75% 2003 Sangiovese from the renowned Juliana Vineyard in Napa. The wine is stunning -- elegant, rich, full of leather and raspberries with a classic 'super-tuscan' earthy-ness. The finish is sublime. This is a stellar wine. L'Huile du Garagiste is also the first wine in the US sealed with the Zork cork from Australia. A brilliant invention that requires no wine opener, re-seals easily and eliminates any risk of cork taint.

Varietal Definition
Sanguis Jovis, the Latin origin for the varietal name, literally means “blood of Jove.” Sangiovese is one of the oldest known varietals and it is likely that ancient Etruscan winemakers cultivated it, although the first literary reference to Sangiovese was in 1722. Sangiovese is probably indigenous to Tuscany, whose most famous wine is Chianti. Chianti is a blend that currently contains a minimum of 90% Sangiovese.Sangiovese thrives in hot dry climates. Because these climatic criteria generally enhance quantity, rather than quality, it takes careful cultivation and winemaking techniques to produce really excellent wine from this grape.
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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