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Date Printed: 7/30/2014
Tortoise Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
Tortoise Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
(search item no. 93247)
Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
The Wine Advocate rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 7/30/2014: $7.99

Winemaker's Notes:

The grapes are grown and sourced from four single vineyard sites from the Languedoc region in the south of France along the Mediterranean. No oak was used and the wine was bottled without filtration. The Cabernet has fruity notes of black cherry and spice that dance on the nose. Silky on the palate with flavors of blackberries, dark cherry and licorice with a long finish. Enjoy with roasted potatoes, grilled steak, beef stew and firmer cheeses.

Wine Spectator – 87 points, BEST VALUE "Good intensity to the juicy dark plum, berry and appealing herbal flavors. A fine Cabernet from the south of France, with touches of richness on the finish."

Robert Parker's, The Wine Advocate – 87 points "Displays aromas of blackberries... it reveals a black fruit-laced core that is chunky, hugely flavorful, and studded with notes of licorice. This fine value would be at its best if served with a grilled steak."

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About Tortoise Creek:

Tortoise Creek wines come from the southern French area known as the Languedoc. For many years, the region was mainly known as a producer of good "vin ordinaire" due to the remarkable weather conditions and vast array of quality growing areas. But, as the average wine-drinking consumer began to look for more then "vin ordinaire", many wine makers in the region reacted and employed modern viticultural and winemaking techniques. Today the region produces many of the most spectacular wine values in Europe.

In Provence, their home was surrounded by vines with a small pond at the edge of the vineyard. On hot sunny days, Mel and Janie would sit beside the pond and picnic, sharing their scraps with the little tortoises swimming around the pond. Soon, the tortoises became known as the Litre family, with the Mum and Dad being Hecto and Millie Litre and the offspring of course, being Centi Litre! Naturally, when embarking upon a new wine project they decided to call it Tortoise Creek. And, it was only fitting to have Hecto, Millie and Centi prominently displayed on the label!