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Whispering Dove Alter Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

Cabernet Sauvignon from California
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    Winemaker Notes

    One vintage and this wine is already a legend, though for all the wrong reasons and not because of anything we did. There are so many sub plots here, both real and imagined, it's hard to know where to start. The prevailing rumor was that ‘Whispering Dove' was some sort of double secret code for the fact that this wine is really ‘Screaming Eagle's' second label. Sorry to say that's not true, but it certainly would make people remember. We heard that from a number of people seeking the 2001, a wine we didn't buy because we didn't think it was worth the tariff.

    It is supposedly from a top flight Napa producer, but you've heard our rap on that kind of thing before. Some people will say anything to sell a bottle of wine. All that really matters is what's under the cork. That's why we're all over round two. This is as exciting a deal for this price, which means it legitimately tastes much more classy, ethereal and expensive than it costs and, well, this IS the point. Really deep, perfumed blackberry fruit on the nose as well as notes of spice and vanilla, sleek, slippery, velvety, very distinctively Napa currant fruit on the palate, and everywhere along the way the wine hits perceptibly higher notes than any of it's ‘peers'. It's fun to speculate on possible stories, but this negociant bottling speaks very well for itself. There are other stories we could tell, but we'll save them in case we have to talk about it again. We think it will sell out, but we did buy a huge chunk. It's a legitimate Napa Reserve for half price.

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    Whispering Dove, California
    2002 Alter Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon
    The partnership of Whispering Dove was literally formed one night while drinking and enjoying an insanely priced Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. The fruity forward taste of this fine wine turned sour rapidly as we calculated how many hours of work we had to put in simply to afford that wine! This epiphany led us to investigate just exactly what it truly costs to produce an outstanding bottle of wine. What we learned astounded us. We learned that after a certain point, all ultra fine wines cost almost exactly the same to produce and that more often than not winemakers based their bottle price upon intangible items such as personality, marketing or worse yet-pure ego. That night Whispering Dove was hatched with our motto… “LET YOUR PALATE DECIDE” Whispering Dove winery was founded with the sole purpose of returning to the California wine enthusiast both quality and perspective. When purchasing a bottle of Whispering Dove, a wine drinker will be afforded the same advantages of an ultra premium California wine without the disadvantage of having to subsidize a wine producer’s extravagant lifestyle. Rather than pay for airplanes, estates, antiques & art, “Whispering Dove” drinkers will pay for the finest grapes, grown in the best micro climates and produced in collaboration with the hottest winemakers in California. Appellation: Napa Valley, California Grapes: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon utilizing stressed farming & low yield techniques with extended maceration for intensity


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    Responsible for the vast majority of American wine production, if California were a country, it would be the world’s fourth largest wine-producing nation. The state’s diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredibly wide-ranging selection of wine styles, and unlike tradition-bound Europe, experimentation is more than welcome here. Wineries range from boutique to massive corporations, and price and quality are equally varied—plenty of inexpensive bulk wine is made in the Central Coast area, while Napa is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and expensive “cult” wines.

    Just about every style of wine you can imagine is made in California, from bone dry to unctuously sweet, still to sparkling, light and fresh to rich and full-bodied. Each AVA and sub-AVA has its own distinct personality. In the Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and other Bordeaux varieties dominate, as well as Sauvignon Blanc. Sonoma County is best known for Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel. The Central Coast has carved out a niche with Rhône blends based on Grenache and Syrah, while Mendocino has found success with Alsatian varieties such as Riesling and Gewürztraminer. With all the diversity that California has to offer, it is certain that any wine lover will find something to get excited about.

    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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