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Finca Antigua Cabernet Sauvignon 2003

Cabernet Sauvignon from Spain
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    100% Cabernet Sauvignon sourced from Finca Antigua's single vineyard estate in La Mancha. Aged 6 months in new American oak.

    Intense, dark color with violet tones, this wine shows black fruit and vanilla on the nose. In the mouth, it has forward plum, blackberry and violet flavors that are wrapped by generous tannins. It is a generous wine with a full body, yet balanced and elegant.

    A great match with grilled steak and roasted game.

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    Finca Antigua

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    Finca Antigua, Spain
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    Finca Antigua is the latest project by the renowned Martínez Bujanda Family that they have initiated in the central part of Spain. The family purchased the fifteen year old vineyards in 1999 and were so impressed with the quality of the grapes from this vineyard that they immediately set out to plan the construction of a brand new winery to make the most of their spectacular fruit. The Finca Antigua Estate encompasses over 2500 acres in total and of that, 679 acres are planted to grapes. The average age of the vines is over 15 years old and the following varietals are planted: Cabernet Sauvignon, Tempranillo, Merlot, Syrah, Viura and Viognier.

    The site itself has numerous advantages when it comes to growing grapes. Those advantages include the altitude of the vineyard, the soil composition and the soil depth. At an average of over 2,500 feet above sea level, Finca Antigua enjoys cool nights and hot days during the period from mid-August to mid-September. This ensures a slower ripening, adding complexity to the final wines. The soil is has a high content of calcium carbonate, an active limestone content of approximately 13% and a low level of organic material. The cultivated ground has an average depth of about three feet. These conditions give the Finca Antigua Estate tremendous advantages over surrounding vineyards and combine to yield bold, powerful wines.

    Known for bold reds, crisp whites, and distinctive sparkling and fortified wines, Spain has embraced international varieties and wine styles while continuing to place the primary emphasis upon its own native grapes. Though the country’s climate is diverse, it is generally warm to hot. In the center of the country lies a vast, dry plateau known as the Meseta Central, characterized by extremely hot summers and frequent drought. Because of its location on the Iberian Peninsula, many of Spain’s wine regions are located on or near the milder coast, either of the Bay of Biscay to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the northwest, or the Mediterranean sea to the south and east. Each of these regions has its own unique soil, climate, and topography, as well as principal grape varieties.

    In the cool, damp northwest region of Galicia, refreshing white Albariño and Verdejo dominate, though elsewhere the most popular wines are generally red. Rioja is Spain’s best-known region, where earthy, age-worthy reds are made from Tempranillo and Garnacha (Grenache), as well as rich, nutty whites from Viura. Ribera del Duero produces opulent, fruity, top-quality wines from almost exclusively Tempranillo. Priorat, a sub-region of Catalonia, blends Garnacha with Cariñena (Carignan) to make bold, full-bodied wines with a hint of earthiness. Catalonia is also home to Cava, a sparkling wine made in the traditional method but from indigenous varieties. Sherry, Spain’s famous fortified wine, is produced in a wide range of styles from dry to lusciously sweet at the country’s southern tip in Jerez. Since the 1990s, international varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Sauvignon Blanc have been steadily increasing in importance in several regions.

    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 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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