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Elerding Vineyard Cabernet

Elerding Vineyard Cabernet Reserve Wine Details

Description: 93 points, Wine Spectator, September 30th, 2004. In 2001 the harvest for the Elerding Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon began in late September. From vineyard to barrel this wine was perfectly mature and stood out as a wine that would not need blending to show off. This has always been the basis for Matthew's decision as to whether or not a wine will be considered for a "Reserve" designation. As with past Reserve vintages (the most recent being the 1999) this wine is huge in the nose and may even be understated when comparing aromatics with what the flavor offers. Aged in 100% new Tonnelerie Saury French oak barrels for 22 months, the wine was lightly fined with egg whites and bottled in the first part of August 2003. As the wine ages in the bottle, we feel that this will be the most long-lived Elerding Cabernet that Matthews has produced to date!

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.


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