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Delectus Julia Cuvee 2005

Other Red Blends from Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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What's the best kept secret in the Napa Valley? It's the fact that only one other person besides winemaker Gerhard Reisacher knows the exact blend components of this amazing wine. Whispered to daughter Julia while deeply asleep, the secret blend melts away into her dreams. This is Cuvée Julia, the crown jewel in the Delectus portfolio of wines. Cuvée Julia is a blend of the best barrels of the vintage, usually Cabernet driven, and is always the most dramatic bottling of the year.

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Deep and absolutely brimming with very rich, oak-buttressed fruit, it offers far more than a one note display of ripeness and shows touches of vanilla, tea leaf, dark earth and black olives as accents to its central themes of currants. Its ample tannins and finishing heat are par for very ripe Cabernet, but they are countered step for step by its remarkably tenacious fruit, and seven or eight years of growth is a very safe bet for adoring fans of the style.
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Delectus

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Delectus, Knights Valley, Sonoma County, California
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In 1995, Linda and Gerhard Reisacher set out to produce big and expressive red wines from select vineyards throughout Napa Valley, showcasing the unique terroir of various sites while patiently checking out land that would ultimately become the home of their estate vineyards. The name Delectus, Latin for “The Ultimate Choice’, was inspired by a trip to Italy where Linda and Gerhard were moved by Michelangelo’s David.

Over the years Delectus wines have garnered many accolades and a devoted and loyal following. In 2005, Linda and Gerhard’s dream of owning a vineyard estate came true with the purchase of 112 acres overlooking Knights Valley, only 40 acres of which are plantable due to slope limitations. The elevations of this majestic property vary from 1200 to 2200 feet and it has expansive and breathtaking views of Mount St. Helena, Diamond Mountain and on a clear day, the beautiful Pacific Ocean. By purchasing this land and planting their own vineyards (in 2006) they gain greater control over the fruit, secure a consistent grape source, and are able to ensure highest quality from beginning to the end of each growing season. Currently they have 18 acres planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. They take extraordinary steps with farming practices to respect the natural beauty and history of the property by preserving the natural terrain.

Knights Valley

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A small and picturesque valley separating Napa Valley on its south border and Alexander Valley to its north, Knights Valley excels in similar varieties as the two aforementioned appellations, namely red Bordeaux varieties and blends, as well as Sauvignon blanc. Originally established by Beringer Vineyards, today several outstanding producers claim acreage here. The circadian cooling effects of the nearby Pacific Ocean create a nighttime respite for vineyards during the hot growing season.

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With hundreds of red grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to create complex wines with many different layers of flavors and aromas, or to create more balanced wines. For example, a variety that is soft and full-bodied may be combined with one that is lighter with naturally high acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

CWYJULIA_2005 Item# 130373