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Dunnewood Signature Cabernet Sauvignon 1998

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    Garnet in color, the Dunnewood Signature Cabernet Sauvignon is a beauty to behold. The aromas of raspberry jam, anise, and fennel are balanced with the complex bouquet of vanilla, smoky oak, mocha and coffee. On the palate, this cabernet is loaded with flavors of black cherry, plum jam, and cloves. It has a solid tannin backbone that is balanced with an oak toastiness which delivers a lasting finish.

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    Dunnewood Vineyards

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    Dunnewood Vineyards, Napa Valley, California
    Have you ever tried a glass of wine that tasted better than you expected? More flavorful maybe? One with a long, satisfying finish? A wine that truly complemented your meal? If so, you'll appreciate the craftsmanship we put into our varietal wines at Dunnewood Vineyards and Winery. America's most flavorful grapes are grown in the heart of California's North Coast wine region. That's where you'll find Dunnewood. Located only 30 miles from the coast, and sited 700' above sea level, we benefit from the temperature climate and rich soil of America's wine growing heartland. It's an ideal location for a winery, one that allows us to select the best grapes from a variety of wine growing regions, including Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Dunnewood wine is apparent from the very first sip. Savored with a number of delicious meals, each bottle is an embodiment of the finest winemaking art, and a reflection of the inspiration and effort Dunnewood puts into making every bottle our most exquisite yet.

    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 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.

    MNC1175F_1998 Item# 62626