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Leducq Vineyards Sylviane Cabernet Sauvignon 1999

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
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    Winemaker Notes

    The 1999 Sylviane Cabernet displays a nose of rich dark fruit, cocco and hints of smoke. Round on the palate, strawberry jam and spice give way to a lingering finish featuring subtle tannins, tobacco tones and black currants.

    The color, tannins and flavors were extracted using traditional Bordeaux techniques and the wine aged for 21 months in small French oak barrels. It was then fined with egg whites and bottled.

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    Leducq Vineyards

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    Leducq Vineyards, Napa Valley, California
    Leducq Vineyards is an established Napa Valley wine producer focusing on limited production of red Bordeaux-style wines. The property is named after founder Jean Leducq, a Parisian businessman.

    The cornerstone of Leducq is the associated 41.5-acre estate vineyard located just north of the town of St. Helena in the Napa Valley. It is a beautifully situated, well-drained, gently sloped parcel planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. The front 35 acres of the Ehlers Lane property were purchased in the late 1980s. In 2001 Leducq Vineyards reunited the front acreage with the historic Ehler's Lane winery (Est. 1886) and the northern vineyards.

    The vineyard was developed with the help of world famous French enologist, Jacques Boissenot who directed all aspects of vineyard development including vine spacing, trellising systems, clonal and rootstock selections and farming regimes. With the implementation of his winemaking and vineyard programs, Mr. Boissenot established Leducq’s style. In 1999, Leducq Vineyards engaged longtime Napa Valley Winemaker Nils Venge as consulting winemaker. The winemaking team believes in the importance of terroir in the creation of an exceptional wine. The site, soil, climate, variety, clones, yield and berry size all contribute to intensely flavored grapes with ripe tannins. Strict adherence to French winemaking techniques, such as barrel to barrel racking every 3 months and egg white fining to polish the wine, is integral to the creation of Leducq Vineyards' style.

    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 is now the world's most planted grape variety. 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 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 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.

    CGM04190_1999 Item# 55148