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Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake

 Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake Wine Details
Price: $14.99 per bottle

Description: The second release of this limited production Cabernet Sauvignon was crafted by blending only the best barrels among various lots from two vineyards located on the Rattlesnake Hills. The Elephant Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon was bold and powerful with great blackberry flavors, while the Spring Creek showed more finesse with soft velvety tannins and bright raspberry aromas and flavors. We created this wine by blending 55 percent Cabernet from Spring Creek for the intensity and purity of the fruit character, and 45 percent from Elephant Mountain to add backbone to the wine. The addition of Malbec and Cabernet Franc brings some intense floral notes to this complex wine. This dark-hued Cabernet Sauvignon reveals an intense nose with vibrant fruit characteristics like Bing cherry, blackberry and licorice aromas. A smooth and fruity entry, followed by a medium-bodied mid-palate with refined tannins and great acidity, leads to a crisp finish with blackberry, cranberry and nutty flavors.

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.
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.
Originating from the Bordeaux region of France, this grape is among the "big six" for red wine grapes. Malbec is typically a medium to full-bodied red wine. Ripe fruit flavors of plums and blackberry give it a jammy characteristic. The tannins are typically a bit tight and the earthy, wood-like appeal makes for a fairly rustic wine. Malbec goes well with roast meats such as chicken or turkey. It should be served at 58F and can be aged for up to 5 years typically.


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