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Topel Winery Hidden Vineyard Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1999

Cabernet Sauvignon from North Coast, California
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One time special! This single vineyard Cabernet from California displays beautiful pure Cabernet Sauvignon fruit. A stunning wine that will age well but is drinking wonderfully right now. Get some before its all gone - quantities are limited!

"Attractive aromas of cedar and blueberries are layered with pine and tar. Flavors of toasted almond, milk chocolate and juicy blueberries make this full-bodied yet elegant. $45 Retail"
-Wine Enthusiast

"Topel's 1999 Cabernet Sauvignon Hidden Vineyard Reserve (90% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Merlot, and 3% Petit Verdot) boasts a dense inky/purple color as well as a fruit-driven nose of sweet cranberry liqueur intermixed with cassis and raspberries. With ripe tannin, medium body, and loads of fruit in its pure, surprisingly concentrated, expansive personality, it is still primary and unformed, but I enjoyed its seamlessness and component parts. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2014."

"This enviably pure Cabernet is not burdened down with huge tannin, and will not whack the taster over his head in terms of pure power and intensity. Rather, it is beautifully balanced and elegant, with admirable fruit characteristics."
-Wine Advocate

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North Coast

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Reaching up California's coastline and into its valleys north of San Francisco, the North Coast AVA includes six counties: Marin, Solano, Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake. While Napa and Sonoma enjoy most of the glory, the rest produce no shortage of quality wines in an intriguing and diverse range of styles.

Climbing up the state's rugged coastline, the chilly Marin County, just above the City and most of Sonoma County, as well as Mendocino County on the far north end of the North Coast successfully grow cool-climate varieties like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and in some spots, Riesling. Inland Lake County, on the other hand, is considerably warmer, and Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc produce some impressive wines with affordable price tags.

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.

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