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2000 Cabernet Sauvignon

2000 Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Details
Price: $36.00 per bottle

Description: In a continuing effort to focus and develop the flavors of our Napa Valley Cabernet, the winemaking team at Liparita has produced a wine from several vineyard sites and flavor profiles to capture the essence of our vision of Cabernet Sauvignon. Vineyards from Spring Mountain, Rutherford, St. Helena, and Oak Knoll mesh in a manner that leaves no other conclusion that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. The different vineyard sites each contribute a component to the flavors and aromas, broad palate and structure from the valley floor, olive, cassis and extract from Spring Mountain. The inclusion of Merlot increases the complexity and richness of the blend. This wine was aged for 20 months in French barrels. This 2000 Cabernet Sauvignon promises classic aromas and flavors. It has a sturdy backbone of black fruit and cassis and soft wood with hints of white pepper, cocoa, nutmeg and allspice. Careful barrel selection has contributed a background of broad, but velvety, tannins that frame a well defined palate. While this Cabernet Sauvignon will reward current drinking, it will continue to improve with age for several more 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.
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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