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Baldacci Family Vineyards Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon

Baldacci Family Vineyards Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Details

Description: Our second vintage, the 2001 Baldacci Family Vineyards Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon, shows the superior quality of what is truly an amazing vintage. A blend of 93.5% Cabernet Sauvignon and 6.5% Cabernet Franc, the wine is a classic deep ruby red brick color. This vintage has inviting aromas of black fruits, cedar, tobacco, and oak with hints of vanilla and white chocolate. The small amount of Cabernet Franc lends a soft elegance to the robust Cabernet Sauvignon, and together they create a mouth feel that is medium-bodied, velvety in texture with supple tannins and good acidity. The result is a powerful, yet accessible blend displaying all the depth, richness and finesse of a Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon. Ready to drink now, or can be cellared for 5 to 10 years. Production limited to 1,000 cases.

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.


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