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2001 Walla Walla Valley Estate Grown and Produced Cabernet Sauvignon

2001 Walla Walla Valley Estate Grown and Produced Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Details
Price: $30.00 per bottle

Description: 80% Estate Grown Cabernet Sauvignon and 20% Estate Grown Merlot from Cougar Crest Vineyard and Stellar Vineyard. Presents lush, mature aromas of cassis, blackberry, lavender, and mocha to the nose and a dense, black ruby color to the eye. Powerful and silky impact on the palate gives blackberry jam, mocha and hints of lavender and mint. The mid-palate and luxurious finish wraps a spicy oak flavor around the rest for a lasting impression. The warm growing season gave us fruit with exceptional maturity of flavors, deep colors, and smooth tannins. Open top, small fermenters, hand punch downs and gentle basket pressing gave us wine full of fruit and aroma and no harsh bitter tannins. Aged in 100% new oak barrels from French, America, Russian and Hungarian forests for added complexity, it promises to be a wine that can be enjoyed when new and for many years in the future.

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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