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Lake Breeze Cabernet Sauvignon 2000

Cabernet Sauvignon from Australia
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    Winemaker Notes

    This is a big, full bodied style, showing mint, blackcurrant and vanillin characters, using fruit produced from 35 year old vines. Excellent cellaring potential.

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    Lake Breeze

    Lake Breeze

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    Lake Breeze, , Australia
    Lake Breeze
    Lake Breeze The Follett family began farming at Langhorne Creek in 1880. The property was established by Arthur John Follett, the winemaker, Greg Folletts great, great, grandfather. Ken and Marlene Follett and sons Roger, Greg and Tim currently manage and run the vineyard and winery. Langhorne Creek Langhorne Creek can easily be discovered on a scenic one hour drive from Adelaide or 45 minutes from Victor Harbor. The township rests between the foothills of the Mount Lofty Ranges and Lake Alexandrina. Lake Breeze winery lies on the banks of the Bremer River and is surrounded by the majestic River Redgums and overlooks the 75 hectare Follet Family Vineyard. Grapes in this premium wine area have an intense quality due to the location and unique natural influences. Afternoon Lake Breezes create a surprisingly cool climate, which allows for a longer ripening period to enhance flavour retention. The unique annual flooding of the Bremer River deposits deep rich alluvial soil. This is ideal for the production of rich, full bodied red wines and white wines with exceptional flavour. A typical winter flood scene of the Lake Breeze vinyard.

    Napa Valley

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    One of the world's most highly regarded regions for wine production and tourism, the Napa Valley is the AVA that brought worldwide recognition to California winemaking. The area was settled by a few choice wine families in the 1960's who bet that the wines of the area would grow and flourish. They were right. The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980's, when vineyard lands were scooped up and vines were planted throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, from large conglomerates to small boutiques to cult classics. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux blends. Whites are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.

    Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that lend even more character specifics to the wines. Furthest south is Carneros, followed by Yountville, Oakville & Rutherford. Above those two are St.-Helena and the valley's newest AVA, Calistoga. These areas are situated on the valley floor and are known for creating rich, smooth Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. There are a few mountain regions as well, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs. Those include Howell Mountain, Stags Leap District, and Mt. Veeder. Wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from more time in the bottle to evolve and soften.

    Zinfandel

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    Unapologetically powerful, heady, and fruit-forward, Zinfandel is often thought of as a truly Californian grape, though in fact it is anything but. This variety has followed an intriguing trajectory to reach its adoptive home, beginning, surprisingly, in Croatia. Originally known as Tribidrag, it first made its way to southern Italy where it became known as Primitivo. From there it eventually migrated to what is now unarguably its most successful outpost, in California, and has thrived throughout the state. Of course, this is also the grape of White Zinfandel, a sweet pink wine that enjoyed great popularity in the 1980s and 90s. Though White Zin still has a significant following, today the variety is increasingly associated with the red version.

    In the Glass

    Zinfandel commonly features a bold, plush texture and notes of dark plum, blackberry, sweet spice, black pepper, dark chocolate, leather, and licorice, and can often be described as “jammy” and a little bit sweet. Very ripe examples may express a hint of dried fruit like raisin, fig, or prune. Despite its significant alcohol and weight, Zinfandel has very smooth, gentle tannins.

    Perfect Pairings

    Zinfandel is a powerfully flavored wine, mingling happily with bold food like brisket, lamb shanks, pork ribs, or anything barbecued. If care is taken with regards to alcohol levels, Zinfandel’s hint of sweetness can work well with milder Indian-spiced dishes like lamb curry.

    Sommelier Secret

    Thanks to its popularity both for home winemaking and as communion wine, many Zinfandel vines were able to survive prohibition, leading to the abundance of "old vine" Zinfandels. These low-yielding vines tend to produce wine that is concentrated, complex, and elegant.

    LAU2233107_2000 Item# 55360

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