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Date Printed: 7/23/2014
Vinum Cellars The Scrapper 2007
Vinum Cellars The Scrapper 2007
(search item no. 109045)
boutique wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 7/23/2014: $28.99

Winemaker's Notes:

This single vineyard, 100% Cabernet Franc displays deep plum color, medium brick red on the edges. The aromas are rich with ripe Cabernet notes such as cassis, black cherry, leather and cigar box. The palate is very concentrated with a rich sappy core of fruit backed by firm tannins with soft supple edges. The core fruit is blueberry and boysenberry, with silky vanilla from French Oak. Additionally there's a subtle spice which explodes out of the Cabernet matrix making this Franc varietally distinct and correct.

This is a fine wine made from low yielding Cabernet Franc grown at high elevation in the El Dorado foothills in Red Volcanic soils. It is head trained to allow maximum sun light into the canopy yielding a Cab Franc without vegetative flavors. This a wine for the open-minded and adventurous, but any Cabernet Sauvignon fancier would become an instant fan.

This wine pairs nicely with well seasoned Rib Eye Steak topped with Golden Chanterelles sauteed with shallots and tarragon and a pinch of sea salt. Or try a whole or half chicken roasted and then split and finished over the grill, served quartered and tossed with brioche pieces, pine nuts, dried cranberries and over a Caesar salad with shaved Reggiano Parmesan..

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About Vinum Cellars:

Vinum Cellars is a collaboration of winemakers Richard Bruno and Chris Condos, who first became friends while they were students at UC Davis. They share a long standing passion for Chenin Blanc and fondness for the more obscure grape varieties. After graduation, Chris went to work for Pine Ridge as Enologist, and Richard went to Bonny Doon as their distiller. Shortly after, their friendship was solidified over Chenin Blanc with the creation of their first wine "Pointe Blanc". Currently the Vinum Cellars team is working with over 10 grape varieties from Placer County Cabernet Franc to San Benito County Viognier. In addition to the Vinum Cellars partnership, they are employed as winemakers: Chris with Kathryn Kennedy Winery and Richard as a Napa winemaking consultant.