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"Research Cab"

"Research Cab" Wine Details
Price: $40.00 per bottle

Description: The 2002 "Research Cab" is a red wine made from 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Dornfelder and 2% Merlot. A friend supplied the Cabernet Sauvignon from a “research” vineyard and the Dornfelder and Merlot are from our estate in Bridgehampton. All the fruit was hand-picked, de-stemmed, crushed by foot, and punched down by hand. The “Research Cab” is full of cherry, red plum, red currant, lilac and violet aromas and flavors. A versatile Cabernet-based wine this will match well with rich salmon and tuna dishes as well as veal, pork, beef and duck. The wine was raised in three French oak barrels for over twenty months, racked three times and bottled by gravity. This wine is unfined and unfiltered and may throw a sediment. Enjoy this delicious wine now and over the next four to five years. .

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.
Recent vine cross gaining wide popularity in Germany. Creates red wines from grapes that have every important red-wine variety suitable for central Europe in their geneology. Mainly grown in the Rheinhessen and Pfalz regions, it is increasingly available as a bottled varietal with aging potential.
Merlot is known as a Noble Bordeaux varietal. Although it came to France in the first century, it was not named until the 1880s. Merlot was originally used only for blending, as it is soft and compliant, very useful in softening other Bordeaux wines like Cabernets. Recently in California and Chile it became popular as a 100% varietal wine. Merlot tends to be easier to grow in a variety of soil conditions and is harvested earlier in the year than Cabernet. Although most Merlots are made to be drunk earlier, there are many with complexities of a Cabernet. Flavors of plum, black cherry, violet, chocolate and orange pair well with rich, red pasta dishes, hearty chicken dishes, and any beef combination that you fancy. The perfect match of course is chocolate. Not only does the chocolate compliment the wine and vice-versa, but the essence of both flavors linger eternally.


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