Cenyth Red Blend 2009
Bordeaux Red Blends from Sonoma County, California
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Alcohol By Volume: 14.2%
Alcohol By Volume Guide
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Cenyth (pronounced sen-eth) is the ancient form of the word zenith. Deftly
blending Bordeaux-style technique with Sonoma county terroir, Cenyth is the
expression of a winemaker, trained in the vineyards of France–and drawn to
the hills of Sonoma County. To her, winemaking is an art. And here, balanced
between the sunshine and drifting fog, she has found her ideal canvas.
"The 2009 Cenyth is a blend of 47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc and the rest Petit Verdot and Malbec that achieved 14% alcohol, and was aged in 100% French oak for 15 months. Many 2009s are in the process of shutting down slightly, especially wines made from Bordeaux varietals. This wine shows sweet tannin and a more open knit personality, no doubt due to the 28% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc in the blend. Its deep ruby/purple color is followed by notes of licorice, incense, forest floor, mulberries, black cherries and black currants. Pierre Seillan believes that using four separate Sonoma County terroirs balances the wine beautifully, with high tannins from the mountain top vineyards and softer, silkier tannins from lower elevation sites."
The Wine Advocate
"Made by Pierre Seillan’s daughter Hélène, with input from her father. Dense, dark and spicy with earth, juicy plum and complex flavors; mellow texture and good structure; long and balanced.47% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot, 7% Malbec.
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Learn About Cenyth
A wine brought to life as a product of California terroir and inspiration. Pierre Seillan,
a world-renowned winemaker by any standard, has spent the past several years
passing his artistry on to the next
generation – his daughter Helene.
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