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Ministry of Vinterior Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley, California
    13.9% ABV
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    13.9% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    The 2015 Ministry of the Vinterior Cabernet Sauvignon broods a deep burgundy color with flirty purple undertones. The nose is inviting with red currants, blackberries and a hint of blackberry. In the mouth, the wine reveals a sexy mix of black cherries, blackberries, pipe smoke and espresso tightly woven into a matrix of supple and broad tannins that layer the flavors densely and persistently on the tongue. The finish reveals a light touch of vanilla and caramel oak, lingering with a silkiness that invites another sip.

    Try this stunning Napa Cab with a pan seared skirt steak served with garlic roasted potatoes and a wilted spinach salad with bacon.

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    Ministry of Vinterior

    Ministry of Vinterior

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    Ministry of Vinterior, Napa Valley, California
    The Ministry’s pledge to supply to the general population wines of superior value is not the typical example of WineSpeak to which Ministry subjects have been here-to-for conditioned. Rather, The Ministry will work tirelessly on behalf of our loyal Ministry subjects, scrutinizing wine regions and vineyards world-wide, selecting only those which meet the Ministry's rigorous demands for quality, value and regional authenticity, and allegiance to the Party of the Vinterior in that vintage year. Henceforth, Ministry subjects are assured of complete satisfaction with superior quality wine rations which may come from Argentina, Sonoma, Bordeaux or beyond.

    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 enjoys success all over the globe. 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 from the Napa Valley is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy 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.

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