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Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Details
Price: $80.00 per bottle

Description: Patience was tested in the 2002 growing season in the Napa Valley. A wet spring was followed by moderate summer conditions, forecasting a long cool season. The pattern quickly changed and the month of September delivered extremely hot and dry weather causing early accumulation of high sugars and stressed vine canopies. Some Napa winemakers scrambled to pick, fearing the vines and clusters would crash. However, the flavors, acids and tannins in the grapes did not follow the dehydration induced high sugars, so we exercised our patience and took the chance to let the fruit hang. To our delight, waiting for true ripeness paid off. The following month of October was very even and moderately warm, allowing our fruit to reach optimum concentration of pigment, tannin, flavor, and varietal expression.

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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