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1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Riserva

1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Riserva Wine Details

Description: Some wineries look for early drinking, fruity Cabernets. To us, these are white Zinfandel style wines. They are straightforward, easily sipped wines that are pretty forgettable. They don't stand up to many entrees, although they do have their place in someone's kitchen cabinet. Joe and Gino produce a mouth filling Cabernet. This 1999 vintage has the force of the 1997, but without the rough edges. It has a smooth fruity front, stays on the palate, and lingers after you've put down your glass. There is tannin and acid. It will age. But it sure is good right now. All the Riserva's are special, this is particularly so. As with all the Cabernet's, prime rib is a great food pairing. Roasts of any kind with beef juices cooked with a mire poix are terrific. However, man does not live by meat alone, or kalamata and caper appetizers. So look for a great pfefferneuse recipe!

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.
Zinfandel is a variety of red grape planted in over 10 percent of California wine vineyards. DNA fingerprinting revealed that it is genetically equivalent to the Croatian grape Crljenak Kaštelanski, and also the Primitivo variety traditionally grown in the 'heel' of Italy. It is typically made into a robust red wine. Its taste depends on the ripeness of the grapes from which it is made. Red berry fruits like raspberry predominate in wines from cooler areas such as the Napa Valley, whereas blackberry, anise and pepper notes are more common in wines made in warmer areas such as Sonoma County. Many Zinfandels come from head pruned ‘Old Vines’. ‘Old Vine’ is generally understood to mean a vine that is more than 50 years old and that produces less than three tons per acre. ‘Head Pruning’ is an old European style of pruning that trains the vine into the shape of a goblet. It requires no wires or other complex trellis systems. Head pruning spreads the fruit uniformly along the vine and allows light penetration.In the USA a semi-sweet Rosé (blush-style) wine called ‘White Zinfandel’ has achieved widespread popularity. In fact, this popularity has so outstripped all other forms that many fans think there is actually a grape called “White Zinfandel” (there isn’t)!


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