Christopher Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
Our Cabernet grapes are grown in red soils (terrior) on the Eastern slopes of Bradford Mountain overlooking Dry Creek Valley and consistently show the characteristics of a "serious Cab". The 99 vintage was aged for 18 months (Note our label says 14 months. We decided to keep the wine in barrels for four months longer after the labels were printed.) in French oak barrels (30% new). Our Cab has the aromas of blueberry, boysenberry, cassis and plum with spicy, cedar and clove overtones. The concentration and ample tannic structure should allow for 8 to 10 years of bottle aging. Red meat dishes are the company of choice for the 99 Cabernet. Try it with steak, prime rib, or a barbecued tri-tip.
Christopher Creek Winery
Christopher Creek Winery is a small, family owned Winery located in the Russian River Appellation of Sonoma County, in Healdsburg, CA. The Winery produces 4500 cases annually of Gold Medal winning, Estate Bottled Petite Sirah and Reserve Syrah, Chardonnay, Cabernet, Zinfandel, and Viognier. The Winemaker, Chris Russi, received his degree in Viticulture and Ecology from the University of California, Davis.
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About Sonoma County
Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about half as much wine as its northeasterly neighbor. Because of its vast size, however, Sonoma is able to achieve far more diversity within its borders, which include sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid-back and down-to-earth, but the wines are serious and well-made, ranging in style from subtle and elegant to rich and powerful. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable Facts The largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
It's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.