Dunnewood Dry Silk Cabernet Sauvignon 1996
Cabernet Sauvignon from California
Garnet in color, the Dunnewood North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon is a beauty to behold. The aromas of raspberry jam, anise, and fennel are balanced with the complex bouquet of vanilla, smoky oak, mocha and coffee. On the palate, this cabernet is loaded with flavors of black cherry, plum jam, and cloves. It has a solid tannin backbone that is balanced with an oak toastiness which delivers a lasting finish.
Have you ever tried a glass of wine that tasted better than you expected? More flavorful maybe? One with a long, satisfying finish? A wine that truly complemented your meal? If so, you'll appreciate the craftsmanship we put into our varietal wines at Dunnewood Vineyards and Winery. America's most flavorful grapes are grown in the heart of California's North Coast wine region. That's where you'll find Dunnewood. Located only 30 miles from the coast, and sited 700' above sea level, we benefit from the temperature climate and rich soil of America's wine growing heartland. It's an ideal location for a winery, one that allows us to select the best grapes from a variety of wine growing regions, including Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Dunnewood wine is apparent from the very first sip. Savored with a number of delicious meals, each bottle is an embodiment of the finest winemaking art, and a reflection of the inspiration and effort Dunnewood puts into making every bottle our most exquisite yet.
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About Other California
California has nearly 100 American Viticulture Areas (AVAs) and accounts for almost 90% of wine production in the United States. In our section of Other California, we include wines from smaller AVAs as well as wines from the California AVA. Here are a few smaller AVAs you may see on the label:
Livermore Valley AVA, located right outside of San Francisco and home to wineries such as Wente.
Lodi County AVA, an AVA further east of San Francisco and known for its excellent, old-vine Zinfandels.
San Francisco Bay AVA, a sprawling AVA that covers Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties, to name a few.
Wine that holds only the California AVA is typically a wine that includes grapes from a number of different AVAs, which leads to the general labeling of the wine as California. This does not denote the quality of the wine, only the diversity of where the grapes originate.
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.