Whispering Dove Alter Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2001
Cabernet Sauvignon from California
Wine Spectator - "This serves up a complex medley of ripe plum, blackberry and cola notes. Excellent balance, depth and concentration, with a long, intricate finish that shows off a touch of cedary oak."
Whispering Dove Winery
The partnership of Whispering Dove was literally formed one night while drinking and enjoying an insanely priced Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruity forward taste of this fine wine turned sour rapidly as we calculated how many hours of work we had to put in simply to afford that wine! This epiphany led us to investigate just exactly what it truly costs to produce an outstanding bottle of wine. What we learned astounded us. We learned that after a certain point, all ultra fine wines cost almost exactly the same to produce and that more often than not winemakers based their bottle price upon intangible items such as personality, marketing or worse yet-pure ego. That night Whispering Dove was hatched with our motto… “LET YOUR PALATE DECIDE” Whispering Dove winery was founded with the sole purpose of returning to the California wine enthusiast both quality and perspective. When purchasing a bottle of Whispering Dove, a wine drinker will be afforded the same advantages of an ultra premium California wine without the disadvantage of having to subsidize a wine producer’s extravagant lifestyle. Rather than pay for airplanes, estates, antiques & art, “Whispering Dove” drinkers will pay for the finest grapes, grown in the best micro climates and produced in collaboration with the hottest winemakers in California. Appellation: Napa Valley, California Grapes: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon utilizing stressed farming & low yield techniques with extended maceration for intensity View all Whispering Dove Wines
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.
About CaliforniaIt'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.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost 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 & Fruity
- Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Smooth & Supple
- Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Earthy & Spicy
- Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Big & Bold
- Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
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