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2002 Walla Walla Valley Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon

2002 Walla Walla Valley Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Details
Price: $32.00 per bottle

Description: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon and 15% Merlot, all from Stellar Vineyard and Cougar Hills Vineyard. Our estate vineyards are the exclusive source for all of our wines. Dense, dark ruby color and aromas of blackberry, currants, licorice, herbs, and mocha fill the senses. The palate reveals finely textured tannins, balanced acidity, and a mouth feel that is smooth and lush. The long, reverberating finish leaves lasting impressions of cassis, leather, and toast. The 2002 growing season was typical for the Northwest. Long, warm days and cool nights gave us a fruit with exceptional maturity of flavors, deep colors, and smooth tannins. Hand harvesting, fermenting in small lots with open top fermenters, and punching down by hand yields wine that is full of fruit flavor, color, and velvety tannins. Barrel aging in a combination of French, American, and European oak allows flavors to marry and adds complexity.

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.
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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