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Wente Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The 2017 Southern Hills Cabernet Sauvignon welcomes you with floral bouquet aromatics, balanced by ripe blueberries, raspberries and black olives. On the palate this wine delivers ripe plum and boysenberry with subtle, yet playful tannins.

Pairs well with short ribs, grilled meats, and pork chops with applesauce.

Blend: 76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 8% Malbec, 8% Petite Sirah, 6% Petit Verdot, 2% Merlot

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Two clones originating from wine pioneer Charles Wetmore’s 19th-century Bordeaux cuttings comprise this Cab, co-fermented with Petite Sirah, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Malbec. Well-drained rocky soils are home to these east-west-oriented estate vineyards, located in the southern hills of the valley. Ripe aromas of plum and spicy brush lead to a juicy note of boysenberry as dusty tannins match up against wild strawberries from tilled soil. Licorice and walnut add texture on the finish.
WS 90
Wine Spectator

Smooth, polished and flavorful, this full-bodied wine surrounds black-cherry and dark-chocolate flavors with finegrained tannins for a seamless combo of taste and texture.

WE 90
Wine Enthusiast

Smooth, polished and flavorful, this full-bodied wine surrounds black-cherry and dark-chocolate flavors with finegrained tannins for a seamless combo of taste and texture.

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Wente Vineyards is the country’s oldest, continuously operated family-owned winery, founded in 1883. Today, the winery maintains its leadership role in California winegrowing under ownership and management by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family. Blending traditional and innovative winemaking practices, the winery draws from nearly 3,000 acres of certified sustainably farmed vineyards to create an outstanding portfolio of estate grown wines. Located just East of San Francisco in the historic Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards is recognized as one of California’s premier wine country destinations featuring wine tasting, The Restaurant at Wente Vineyards, summer concert performances, and a Greg Norman designed golf course.

Today, Fifth Generation Winemaker Karl D. Wente carries on the family winemaking tradition. The Estate Grown wines are named after the unique growing conditions of the vineyards in which they are sourced. The Single Vineyard wines are named for the specific blocks in the premier estate vineyards located in the Livermore Valley and Arroyo Seco, Monterey regions. 

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A warm sub-appellation of the greater San Francisco Bay AVA (American Viticultural Area), Livermore Valley mainly hides behind the shielding effects of the bay’s eastern hills. However, late afternoon winds cool down summer nights as daytime heat rises from the Central Valley in the east, pulling the cold, foggy, bay air inland. This cooler evening air permeates the Livermore Valley's foothills, making this an ideal environment for the development of phenolic ripeness and concentration in its wine grapes.

The Livermore Valley is one of California's oldest wine regions and has played a crucial role in shaping California's wine industry. Spanish missionaries planted the first wine grapes in the Livermore Valley in the 1760s. Then in the mid 1800s, a man named Robert Livermore planted the area’s first commercial vineyards. Winemaker pioneer C. H. Wente arrived a few years later; today the Wente Chardonnay clone is the source of a majority of California Chardonnay. Furthermore, James Concannon and the Wetmore brothers recognized the virtues of the area’s Bordeaux-like gravel soils and dedicated themselves to making high quality wine from Bordeaux varieties. Today the area is also known for high quality Petite Sirah.

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A noble variety bestowed with both power and concentration, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys success all over the globe, its best examples showing potential to age beautifully for decades. Cabernet Sauvignon flourishes in Bordeaux's Medoc where it is often blended with Merlot and smaller amounts of some combination of Cabernet Franc, Malbecand Petit Verdot. In the Napa Valley, ‘Cab’ is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious, age-worthy and sought-after “cult” wines. Somm Secret—DNA profiling in 1997 revealed that Cabernet Sauvignon was born from a spontaneous crossing of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc in 17th century southwest France.

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