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AERENA by Blackbird Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

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750ML / 14% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

The Cabernet is uplifting with fruit and floral components coming together in perfect balance. Soft and supple tannins offer great approachability but this vintage is not afraid to show its true cabernet core.

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COMMENTARY: Over the past decade, the Red Hills-Lake County AVA has been built up its resumé as and an up and coming source for top Cabernet Sauvignons. The 2017 Aerena by Blackbirds is a top performer. TASTING NOTES: This wine stands on its own as a bona fide top Cabernet Sauvignon. Its aromas and flavors of ripe berry and an underlying note of oak should pair well with a perfectly grilled ribeye. (Tasted: July 8, 2019, San Francisco, CA)
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AERENA by Blackbird Vineyards

AERENA by Blackbird Vineyards

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AERENA by Blackbird Vineyards, California
ÆRENA creates boutique wines with character. Expressing the deeper truths and distinctive qualities that make wine and people unique, ÆRENA brings together a collection of iconic wines that embody the most desirable characteristics of each vineyard we farm. Crafted by winemakers Aaron Pott and Kyle Mizuno, and thoughtfully expressed by artist Tony Hernandez, ÆRENA Wines inspire us to reclaim and reveal the most compelling parts of ourselves.
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Located within the greater Clear Lake appellation, the Red Hills AVA is perhaps the hottest spot right now in Lake County for new Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards. Recognizing the potential of its volcanic and obsidian heavy soils, many respected growers are flocking to the area. Andy Beckstoffer, a leader in escalating the quality and recognition of Napa Valley, has already invested heavily in the area.

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Cabernet Sauvignon

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe. Inherently high in tannins and acidity, the best bottlings of Cabernet can age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region and forms the base of the Medoc reds, which are typically mostly Cabernet with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. (Enjoying a great deal of success in various regions around the world, this blend is now globally referred to as a Bordeaux Blend.) Cabernet Sauvignon from the Napa Valley is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines.

In the Glass

High in color, tannin and extract, Cabernet Sauvignon expresses notes of blackberry, cassis, plum, currant, spice and tobacco. In Bordeaux and elsewhere in the Old World you'll find the more earthy, tannic side of Cabernet, where it is typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California Washington, Argentina, Chile and Australia, you can typically expect more ripe fruit flavors upfront.

Perfect Pairings

Cabernet Sauvignon is right at home with rich, intense meat dishes—beef, lamb and venison, in particular—where its opulent fruit and decisive tannins make an equal match to the dense protein of the meat. With a mature Cabernet, opt for tender, slow-cooked meat dishes.

Sommelier Secrets

Despite the modern importance and ubiquity of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is actually a relatively young variety. In 1997, DNA profiling revealed the grape to be a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc which took place in 17th century southwestern France.

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