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Two Blondes

Two Blondes Wine Details

Description: We are working hard on our vineyard and even though this fruit is in the very young category, for us it carries enough complexity and weight to merit being bottled as an AW wine. The site is very frugal in terms of nutrients for the vines so we are building up the soil as we try to learn the ins and outs of this 36-acre vineyard. We are seeing differences. We are noting them and we are imagining strategies for dealing with the different parts of the vineyard. The wine has a luscious and simply delicious appeal. We like the softness of it as well as the currant and plum flavors.

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.


Joseph Small says...
Need to sample more product. My introduction to this wine is positive one. Colleagues described the taste as a gentle flavored wine with loads of hearty color the langers on the tonge between sips.

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