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2008 Paint Horse Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma Valley

Gold Medal, San Francisco Chronicle Intl. Wine Competition

Gold Medal, San Diego Intl. Wine Competition

Celebrated winemaker, Julia Iantosca has created yet another outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon in this vintage. Ripe and beautifully balanced, this wine offers great concentration and depth. Bursting with ripe berry and hints of Santa Rosa plum, it is a classic Cabernet Sauvignon to be enjoyed now and in years to come.

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Tasting Notes

Deep garnet in color, the wine has classic aromas of cassis and ripe berry with hints of Santa Rosa plum. This wine shows notes of tea and cola as well as toasty oak and a subtle mineral element. The first sip shows a wine that is rich and full, with juicy black berry flavors and fine grained tannins. The finish is long lingering; a wine that promises not only drinking pleasure now but rewards for patient cellar aging.

Vineyard Designation

Sonoma Valley

Vineyard Notes

Bud break was early this vintage. However there were late rains that continued into April, May and even June which slowed the onset of bloom. Because the soil moisture was high the vines grew large canopies and vines had to be shoot thinned as well as normal cluster thinning. The crop size was larger than average because the berries were a bit fuller than usual. The summer temperatures were mild and September was abnormally cold. October brought excellent ripening weather which continued into November. This allowed the grapes to have a long ‘hang-time’ with out having sugar spikes that can come from heat waves. As a result of this hang-time the wines have good rich flavors without quite as high an alcohol content as in other vintages.

Production Notes

91% Cabernet Sauvignon; 9% Merlot
Merlot Clone 181, Cabernet Clone 337

Winemaker Notes

Deep garnet in color, the wine has classic aromas of cassis and ripe berry with hints of Santa Rosa plum. This wine shows notes of tea and cola as well as toasty oak and a subtle mineral element. The first sip shows a wine that is rich and full, with juicy black berry flavors and fine grained tannins. The finish is long lingering; a wine that promises not only drinking pleasure now but rewards for patient cellar aging

Pairings

Enjoy with black pepper skirt steak, burgers with porcini mushroom and gorgonzola and on a cold winter's night, braised short-ribs.

Other Notes

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Awards

Gold Medal - 2010 San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition Gold Medal - 2010 San Diego International Wine Competition

Wine Profile

Vintage 2008
Wine Style Medium Red Wine
Varietal Cabernet Sauvignon
Appellation Sonoma Valley
Harvest Date October 1, 2008
Residual Sugar 0.2%
Alcohol % 14.6%
Size 750 ml
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