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Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake

Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake Wine Details
Price: $14.99 per bottle

Description: All of the lots were fermented and aged in barrels separately, so we were able to monitor the quality of each block from each vineyard. After a year of aging, we started playing with the lots to make the final blend. The Elephant Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon was bold and powerful with great blackberry flavors, while the Spring Creek Cabernet Sauvignon showed more finesse with soft velvety tannins and bright raspberry aromas and flavors.We created this wine by blending 76 percent Cabernet Sauvignon from Spring Creek for the intensity and purity of the fruit character and 24 percent from Elephant Mountain to add backbone to the wine.We then refined it in oak barrels for a few extra months before bottling. Our 2001 Sagelands Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake reveals an intense nose characterized by rich, ripe fruit characteristics with Bing cherry aromas. On the palate, licorice and vanilla flavors complement the round mouthfeel with subdued tannins and a lingering finish. Crafted to be enjoyed in its youth, this wine will also improve with a few years of aging, thanks to the great balance between fruit, acidity and tannins.

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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