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Bennett Family Bennett Family Cabernet Sauvignon 2001

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    With over a century of experience in the wine and spirits business, William Grant and Sons has been dedicated to hand selecting an excellent portfolio of wines from around the world. We are proud to bring that same expertise to the Napa Valley to create Bennett Family Cabernet Sauvignon. Working with some of the best talent in the region, we?ve made this wine using hand selected grapes from the finest vineyards. The result is a wine of uncompromised quality, a wine worthy of our family?s heritage. Following a 7 day fermentation, the wine was left on the skins for a period of extended maceration; in addition to softening the tannins, this process helps extract maximum color and flavor.? Once the wine was gently pressed, it was racked to French oak barrels, 60% of which were new.? The wine underwent the malolactic fermentation in barrels to "tame" the new barrel tannins and was then aged for 18 months before bottling. Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Appellation: Napa Valley Age of Vines: 10 Years Cases Produced: 1,800 Alcohol Content: 14.5% alc./vol. Total Acidity: 0.59 g/l pH: 3.68 Tasting Notes: Aromas of black fruit dominate: cherries, plums, and a briar patch on a warm day come to mind. The aromas carry over to the palate in a mouth-filling, full-bodied package with well rounded tannins that hint at years of drinking pleasure to come. A long, seamless finish invites another taste.

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    Bennett Family

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    Bennett Family, Napa Valley, California
    The Bennett Family Reserve wines are fine wines from California. They have chosen Russian River Valley for their Chardonnay and Napa Valley for their Cabernet Sauvignon to make wine worthy of the Bennett family name.

    Napa Valley

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    One of the world's most highly regarded regions for wine production as well as tourism, the Napa Valley was responsible for bringing worldwide recognition to California winemaking. In the 1960s, a few key wine families settled the area and hedged their bets on the valley's world-class winemaking potential—and they were right.

    The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980s, when producers scooped up vineyard lands and planted vines throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, and today Napa is home to hundreds of producers ranging from boutique to corporate. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux blends. Napa whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

    Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that claim specific characteristics based on situation, slope and soil. Farthest south and coolest from the influence of the San Pablo Bay is Carneros, followed by Coombsville to its northeast and then Yountville, Oakville and Rutherford. Above those are the warm St. Helena and the valley's newest and hottest AVA, Calistoga. These areas follow the valley floor and are known generally for creating rich, dense, complex and smooth reds with good aging potential. The mountain sub appellations, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs, include Stags Leap District, Atlas Peak, Chiles Valley (farther east), Howell Mountain, Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain District and Diamond Mountain District. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from a lot of time in the bottle to evolve and soften.

    Cabernet Sauvignon

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    A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon is now the world's most planted grape variety. 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 has enjoyed great success throughout the world, particularly in the Napa Valley, 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 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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