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Sonoma Creek Rancho Salinas Cabernet Sauvignon 1996

Cabernet Sauvignon from Sonoma County, California
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After pouring and swirling our Rancho Salina Cabernet Sauvignon the deep red color and bold fruity aromas are revealed. The initial flavor is distinctive Cabernet Sauvignon, which then explodes into a spicy and black berry barage. A viscous mid palate tastes of choclate and toast. Currants and a pleathera of fruit flavors make up this very complex wine. The lengthy finish of this wine is a great finale for such a stellar wine.

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Sonoma Creek Winery

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Sonoma Creek Winery, , California
Sonoma Creek
The land of Sonoma Creek has a rich heritage dating back to the late 1800s. What once was a successful dairy operation then became home to Brahma Steers, pedigree horses and rodeos. In 1978, the founders of Sonoma Creek returned to the land to begin working on the formation of the vineyards. Over the years, Sonoma Creek evolved from a vineyard-only operation into a winery and 1989 saw the first release of Sonoma Creek Chardonnay.

In 2003, the Kautz Family, makers of Ironstone Vineyards wines, added Sonoma Creek to their portfolio of wine offerings. With their commitment to sourcing premium winegrapes from the very best vineyards Sonoma County has to offer, combined with their experience of over four decades of growing premium winegrapes and close to two decades of producing award-winning wines, you'll discover these wines reflect the outstanding quality of this historic region.

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Associated with luxury, celebration, and romance, Champagne is home to the world’s most prized sparkling wine. In order to be labeled ‘Champagne’ within the EU and many New World countries, a wine must originate in this northeastern region of France and adhere to strict quality standards. Made up of the three towns Reims, Épernay, and Aÿ, it was here that the traditional method of sparkling wine production was both invented and perfected, birthing a winemaking technique as well as a flavor profile that is now emulated worldwide. Well-drained limestone chalk soil defines much of the region, lending a mineral component to the wines. The climate here is marginal—ample acidity is a requirement for sparkling wine, so overripe grapes are to be avoided. Weather differences from year to year create significant variation between vintages, and in order to maintain a consistent house style, non-vintage cuvées are produced annually from a blend of several years.

With nearly negligible exceptions, three varieties are permitted for use in Champagne: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier. These can be blended together or bottled varietally, depending on the final style of wine desired. Chardonnay, the only white variety, contributes freshness, delicacy, and elegance, as well as bright and lively acidity and notes of citrus, orchard fruit, and white flowers. Pinot Noir and its relative Pinot Meunier provide the backbone to many blends, adding structure, body, and supple red fruit flavors. Wines with a large proportion of Pinot Meunier will be ready to drink earlier, while Pinot Noir contributes to longevity. Whether it is white or rosé, most Champagne is made from a blend of red and white grapes—and uniquely, rosé is often produce by blending together red and white wine. A Champagne made exclusively from Chardonnay will be labeled as ‘blanc de blancs,’ while one comprised of only red grapes are called ‘blanc de noirs.’

ANC440515_1996 Item# 27661

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