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2001 Apollo's Lyre Estate

2001 Apollo's Lyre (Estate Reserve) Wine Details
Price: $28.00 per bottle

Description: A Bordeaux blend of 40% Cabernet Franc, 40% Cabernet Franc and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine was aged in small oak cooperage for 24 months. Pronounced anise/licorice notes in the nose with black cherry, black raspberry and cassis. Complex, with hints of almond, vanilla and brown spices. Foothills earthiness carries through to the mouth with black cherry. Elegant and very well balanced with bright acid and round tannins. Medals awarded: Long Beach Grand Cru, Amenti del Vino Int'l and VinoChallenge Int'l.

Varietal Definition
Cabernet Franc:
Cabernet Franc is an accessible, spicy, herbal, dark blue grape variety that is often compared to Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Franc tends to be softer and has less tannin than Cabernet Sauvignon, although the two can be difficult to distinguish. Sometimes the French refer to Cabernets, which could mean either of the two grapes. Its typical aromas include an herbaceous and pronounced peppery nose, even in ripe fruit, and something eerily like tobacco. The Cabernet Franc ripens at an earlier stage, which gives it reason to exist in the Bordeaux area. In the Loire, where we find it a lot, it gives a clear red fresh and fruity wine.
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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