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Brander Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014

    750ML / 14.1% ABV
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    750ML / 14.1% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Each winter, the winery tastes through every barrel of Cabernet Sauvignon from the vintage just concluded, and set aside those they feel represent the purest expression of their remarkable terroir. They carefully blend this handful of barrels together, then patiently age this wine for an extended period in new French oak before bottling. This becomes the Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon- the very best Cabernet the estate vineyard produces each year. This 2014 bottling is an irresistible example of this classic, old world-influenced winemaking style- graceful, delicious, compelling, and ageable. The nose delivers notes of holly-leaved cherry, rhubarb, whole cloves, fresh teak sawdust, and a hint of sun-warmed stones, while the layered, structured palate alludes to ripe cranberry, blood oranges, cassis, cedar box, and the slightest scintilla of iron minerality.

    Pair this with a fricassee of wild-foraged Chanterelles and rosemary pappardelle, duck confit, or a homemade ratatouille with a crusty baguette and some convivial company.

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    The Brander Vineyard

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    The Brander Vineyard, California
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    The planting of the Brander Vineyard to mainly Bordeaux varietals began in 1975. In 1977, the first harvest of Sauvignon Blanc grapes were taken to a neighboring winery where Fred Brander produced a wine so distinctive it captured Santa Barbara County's first gold medal for a wine at a major wine competition (1978 Los Angeles County Fair).Since its inception, the Brander vineyard has been highly acclaimed as a top Sauvignon Blanc producer, and for many years the only Brander wine was an estate-bottled Sauvignon Blanc. Today, the winery produces an average of 8,000 cases of wine from its 43 acres of vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley. The focus on production is Sauvignon Blanc, with one main bottling and three distinctively different reserve bottlings of that variety. A small quantity of red wines is also produced with Merlot and our Bordeaux-blend called Bouchet being the most popular.
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    Ranging from cool and foggy in the west to warm and dry in the east, the Santa Ynez Valley is a climatically diverse growing area. The most expansive AVA within the larger Santa Barbara County region, Santa Ynez is also home to a wide variety of soil types and geographical features. The appellation is further divided into four distinct sub-AVAs—Sta. Rita Hills, Ballard Canyon, Los Olivos District and Happy Canyon—each with its own defining characteristics.

    A wide selection of grapes is planted here—more than sixty different varieties, and counting. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir dominate in the chilly west, while Zinfandel, Rhône blends, and Bordeaux blends rule the arid east. Syrah is successful at both ends of the valley, with a lean and peppery, Old-World sensibility closer to the coast and lush berry fruit further inland.

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    A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbecand Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.

    WWH141048_2014 Item# 160156

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