Red Wines    Cabernet Sauvignon    Sonoma County    California   
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Date Printed: 9/20/2014
Armida Scharf Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
Armida Scharf Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 1998
(search item no. 26384)

PRICE ON 9/20/2014: $27.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The fruit for our 1998 Cabernet Sauvignon comes from the Scharf Vineyard in the famed Dry Creek Valley. This vineyard is a prime example of the quality of fruit produced in this appellation, well known for its hearty, full bodied red wines. The Scharf Vineyard fruit is characterized by forward flavors classic to the Cabernet varietal- rich layers of berries and black cherries intertwined with plum, cassis and spice. To preserve these characteristics as the fruit changes from juice to wine, Winemaker Michael Loykasek does gentle pumpovers several times daily during fermentation to fully extract color and flavor. Aging in French and American oak barrels adds the flavors inherent to each type- the soft vanilla and oak of the French barrels combining with the spicy textures of the American oak to create another level of depth to our Cabernet.
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About Armida:

Since 1994, owners, operators, brothers and partners, Steve and Bruce Cousins have transformed Armida Winery from a quiet producer of good wines into a much livelier place focusing on artisan, single-vineyard wines from the top growers in Sonoma County.

The Cousins hand-craft over ten different wines and feature some of the best vineyards in California, including Maple Vineyards Zinfandel and Maple Vineyards Tina’s Block (perhaps California’s BEST Zinfandel vineyard), Durell Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Parmelee-Hill Pinot and Zinfandel, Bacigalupi Pinot Noir, Castelli Knight Pinot Noir, and Dutton Chardonnay. From the seven-acre estate vineyard, they produce Il Campo ("Field Blend"), a delicious combination of Zinfandel and Petite Sirah.

While making seriously great wine the focus at Armida is FUN! Armida also produces POIZIN (Zinfandel) “The Wine to Die for,” and ANTIDOTE (Pinot Grigio).