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Ledson Winery & Vineyards Cepage 2009

Other Red Wine from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
    14.5% ABV
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    14.5% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Well dressed with clean lines at first, this Bordeaux blend opens up and shows its rustic side with a little decanting. The tannins soften with a little air unveiling a compelling texture. With enticing aromas of cassis, black olive and coffee, you'll be amazed how the edgy tannins allow the wine to build in your mouth with layers of red berry and nutmeg emerging with decanting time. As the Cepage departs, you're left savoring the flavors of spice and walnut.

    Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 15% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc

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    Ledson Winery & Vineyards

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    Ledson Winery & Vineyards, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    Ledson Winery & Vineyards is located in the heart of Sonoma Valley, a short one hour drive north of San Francisco. Emerging like a gothic blast from the past out of acres of rolling vineyards and pastoral calm, the estate's 16,000 square foot French Normandy winery is known as "The Castle" around the world. Originally designed as the Ledsons' family home, the contractor and designer in Steve Ledson got carried away and it quickly became clear that the architectural showpiece was much better suited to house the family's planned winery.

    Ledson specializes in small varietal lots that reflect the genuine diversity of the winery's select vineyards and appellations. Their wines are sold exclusively at the winery in Kenwood, in Ledson's online store, and at the Ledson Hotel in Sonoma.

    Boasting beautifully appointed hand-crafted tasting bars, impeccable grounds with picnic areas shadowed by 100-year old majestic oak trees, a fully stocked gourmet market as well as a tasteful clothing and gift boutique--the Ledson Winery is the breathtaking backdrop for an afternoon picnic or a weekend getaway.

    Alexander Valley

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    Nearly a northern extension of Napa Valley, Alexander Valley starts just north of the small, Knights Valley, and is just a few minutes drive from the Napa town of Calistoga. It is Sonoma County’s hottest AVA. But the Russian River, which runs through the valley, creates cooler pockets and its soft, alluvial soil is ideal for grape growing, especially Cabernet Sauvignon. In fact, some believe that Alexander Valley Cabernets truly rival the best from Napa Valley and many of the heavy-hitter producers have largely invested here.

    In addition to Cabernet Sauvignon, which makes up over 50% of plantings, Merlot and old vine Zinfandel thrive here. Ample, fleshy Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc dominate white wine production. Some old-vine plantings of Grenache have also been discovered and more recent experiments with Sangiovese and Barbera show great promise.

    Other Red Wine

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    Beyond the usual suspects, there are hundreds of red grape varieties grown throughout the world. Some are indigenous specialties capable of producing excellent single varietal wines, while others are better suited for use as blending grapes. Each has its own distinct viticultural characteristics, as well as aroma and flavor profiles, offering much to be discovered by the curious wine lover. In particular, Portugal and Italy are known for having a multitude of unique varieties but they can really be found in any region.

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