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Vintage Cabernet Sauvignon, Rhinefarm Vineyard

Vintage Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Rhinefarm Vineyard Wine Details
Price: $68.00 per bottle

Description: Dark ruby color, earthy aromas of dusty herb, deep blackberry and cassis lead to complex layers of blackberry, clove and molasses flavors. The broad palate is framed by fine grain tannins that convey the rich black fruit and cedar flavors through a long finish. The label is the story of "Hymn to Dionysus," by Homer in which pirates abduct Dionysus, the son of Zeus and patron deity of wine, theater and song, having mistaken him for a wealthy prince. The god the Romans later called Bacchus avenges his captors by filling the ship with wine and causing a giant grapevine to overtake the mast. The panicked sailors realize their error and leap overboard, when Dionysus mercifully spares their lives by transforming them into dolphins. The fourth of seven labels in the Millennium Series, the 'Epic' label brings us to the 7th century BC, when Greek mythology elevated winemaking to the divine.

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.
Named after the Roman god of wine, Bacchus is found in Canada’s westernmost province of British Columbia, in the United Kingdom, and most widely in its native Germany, where it flourishes in the heart of German bulk wine production and beer country. Two-thirds of its German production is in the Rheinhessen and much of the rest is in the Franconia district, famous for its Bavarian wheat beers. Created by crossing a Müller-Thurgau with a Silvaner-Riesling cross, this white wine-producing varietal adapts to a broad range of climates. Bacchus benefits from its ability to grow in less favorable vineyard sites than Riesling and even Müller-Thurgau. It produces full-bodied wines, with attractive fruit and floral characteristics, similar to Muscat. As an early budder, this varietal is susceptible to spring frosts, and its lack of acidity can prove challenging. In cool years, its inability to ripen fully and to express its Muscat-like character does not allow vignerons to effectively use the grape to moderate the aci


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