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Michel-Schlumberger Cabernet Sauvignon 1999

Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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Winemaker Notes

In abnormal vintages, terroir, the uniqueness due to all aspects of vineyard site, can be everything. In spite of a warm summer, our Cabernet harvest was late, beginning well after mid-October, finishing with 128 days of maturing time between bloom and harvest. Because of this long maturation, the fruit had ample time to achieve the ripe tannin necessary for the paradoxically soft, while eminently age-worthy, red wine high in healthy mouth-filling tannin. Some have dubbed this the "yummy factor." Whatever you call it, this wine has plenty.

It is lovely, rich textured, approachable, and thoroughly enjoyable. The vineyard's intrinsic quality comes through in the wine's depth of flavor. The more hedonistic fruity flavors and inviting texture are supported by pleasant earth-tones and the spice common to our wines. These are the aromas that will come forward, center stage, as the wine matures, suggesting "cedar-y" cigar boxes and redwood forests. -Winemaker Fred Payne

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Michel-Schlumberger

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Michel-Schlumberger, Sonoma County, California
1999 Cabernet Sauvignon
Established in 1979, the benchland vineyards of Michel-Schlumberger overlook Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley. Influenced by his family's four hundred years of grape growing and winemaking in Alsace, owner Jacques Schlumberger is committed to producing small lots of fine wine imprinted with the property's distinct terroir.Winemaker Fred Payne applies the highest standards to compose classic wines which express the intriguing nuances of each vintage. Partly modern naturalist and partly old-fashioned farmer, he strongly believes Michel-Schlumberger wines are representative of their soil, climate and grape.

Sonoma County

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Home to a diverse array of smaller AVAs with varied microclimates and soil types, Sonoma County has something for nearly every wine lover. Physically twice as large as Napa, the region only produces about half the amount of wine, but what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in both quality and variety. With its laid-back atmosphere and down-to-earth attitude, the wineries of Sonoma are appreciated by wine tourists for their friendliness and approachability. The entire county intends to become a 100% sustainable winegrowing region by 2019.

Grape varieties are carefully selected to reflect the best attributes of their sites—Dry Creek Valley’s consistent sunshine is ideal for Zinfandel, while the warm Alexander Valley is responsible for rich, voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are important throughout the county, most notably in the cooler AVAs of Russian River and Sonoma Valleys, Carneros, and Fort Ross-Seaview. Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, and Syrah have also found a firm footing here.

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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