Cinq Cépages ("Five Varieties") is a Bordeaux-style blend consisting of Cabernet Sauvignon (77%), Merlot (9%), Cabernet Franc (7%), Malbec (4%), and Petit Verdot (3%). Each component is aged separately for two years in small French oak barrels (47% new) before blending. Once the wine is assembled, it spends six months in the bottle before release.
"Inviting aromas of boysenberry and violet define the nose of this flagship Sonoma County
Cabernet Sauvignon. A rich and dense entry begins with layers of black raspberry, mocha and
hints of blueberry. The palate offers a graceful balance between fruit extract and fine-grained
tannins. This deep, concentrated wine has a classic Cinq Cépages structure with beautiful oak
integration and a lushness throughout that leads to a lingering finish."
- Margo Van Staaveren, Winemaker
"Fans of CC will find a wine with the balance of previous vintages. It refuses to be a fruit bomb, but offers a wealth of sumptuous blackberry and cherry liqueur flavors that pull back at the last moment under a blanket of youthful tannins. Not a long-term ager, but should hold for 6 years, and is easy to find, with more than 13,000 cases produced. "
"Underneath the smoke of this wine's meaty black tannin there's a high-toned red fruit character, hinting at earthy roots and eucalyptus. A lamb chop will absorb some of the tannin and bring out the wine's elegance.
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