Home   Map   Blog Roll   WineCompass   Wine 101   My Compass 

Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino

Cabernet Sauvignon, Mendocino Wine Details

Description: The 2002 vintage proved a hearty, rich vintage with aromas of blackberry and chocolate. This wine is very compatible with hearty foods. This wine is a blend of the Cabernet from our 29 year old vines and fruit from the warmer climate of Hopland. We took the best of our cool climate and married it with the heartier fruit and came up with a real winner. This wine spent 18 months in 30% new French oak barrels and an additional 6 months in bottle before release.

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.


Back to Philo Ridge Vineyards information