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Barnwood Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

Cabernet Sauvignon from Central Coast, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    The 2000 vintage Cabernet Sauvignon had an extended hang time, coupled with precise watering schedule to maintain grape ripeness. The clusters were loose with small berries and the fruit was well developed and full of varietal flavors upon arrival at the winery.

    This wine has a rich, deep red color with elegant blackberry, licorice and spice nuances on the nose. Ripe, firm tannins frame the fresh black plum and cassis flavors giving it excellent balance and a soft mid-palate impression. Hints of French oak aging come through on the long, rich finish. This wine has an early approachability as well as wonderful aging potential.

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    Barnwood Vineyards

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    Barnwood Vineyards, Central Coast, California
    Barnwood Vineyards is a pioneer in the development of higher elevation vineyards in Santa Barbara County, California. Even though the central region of California has been successfully producing vine grapes for the past twenty years, these vineyards have been in the lower elevation valleys of the region. Prior to the planting of vines at Barnwood vineyard, several renowned viticulturists were consulted as to the wine-grape producing potential of the area. The consensus was that irrespective of climate and soil, new commercial wine growing areas are always a pioneering venture. After calculating the risks involved, the decisions were made to plant three varieties on a total of forty acres. The viticultural experience has indeed proven that slightly different problems from the norm have been encountered and have been overcome. The first wines from these plantings are now bottled and have been received with great enthusiasm. The faith of those at Barnwood has been rewarded by the excellence of the wine!

    Central Coast

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    The largest and perhaps most varied of California’s wine-growing regions, the Central Coast produces a good majority of the state's wine. This vast district stretches from San Francisco all the way to Santa Barbara along the coast, and reaches inland nearly all the way to the Central Valley.

    Encompassing an extremely diverse array of climates, soil types and wine styles, it contains many smaller sub-AVAs, including San Francisco Bay, Monterey, the Santa Cruz Mountains, Paso Robles, Edna Valley, Santa Ynez Valley and Santa Maria Valley.

    While the region could probably support almost any major grape varietiy, it is famous for a few. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel are among the major ones. The Central Coast is home to many of the state's small, artisanal wineries crafting unique, high-quality wines, as well as larger producers also making exceptional wines.

    Cabernet Sauvignon

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    A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon is sometimes referred to as the “king” of red grapes. It can be somewhat unapproachable early in its youth but has the potential to age beautifully, with the ability to last fifty years or more at its best. Small berries and tough skins provide its trademark firm tannic grip, while high acidity helps to keep the wine fresh for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in temperate climates like Bordeaux's Medoc region (and in St-Emillion and Pomerol, where it plays a supporting role to Merlot). The top Médoc producers use Cabernet Sauvignon for their wine’s backbone, blending it with Merlot and smaller amounts of Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot. On its own, Cabernet Sauvignon has enjoyed great success throughout the world, particularly in the Napa Valley and Washington, and is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious 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's typically blended to soften tannins and add complexity. In warmer regions like California 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 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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