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1999 Cabernet Sauvignon

1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Details

Description: The 1999 vintage was particularly extracted and full-bodied, so the decision was made to allow it to barrel age longer than most previous vintages of Cabernet. A combination of half 3-year old French and 1-year old American oak barrels were used. The French for the subtle fine vanilla finish, and the American for complexity due to its being a different species of oak from the French. With the 1999 vintage being so deeply flavored, bottle aging was essential. At this date, the wine emerges from the bottle requiring some breathing time before the full flavors show. But with a little swirling, the aromas dance out of the glass and the flavor coats the palate. Expect this wine to mature and show off as it emerges from the younger, shy years. Look for cherry, leather, and a flash of mint. Feel confident to pair this wine now with juicy beef flavors, or to lay it down in the cellar for 5 to 7 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.


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