Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009. Old Guys Rule

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2009. Old Guys Rule

Item #: 6537
Vintage: 2009
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard/Appellation: Sierra Foothills, California
Color: Dark purple
Nose: Earth, licorice and black cherry
Palate: Ripe berry and plum
Finish: Concentrated, tannic with plummy fruit
Rating: 94
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Drink now through 2015

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The grapes for Old Guys Rule Cabernet were grown on a small vineyard, only 4 1/2 acres, in the Calaveras County appellation of the Sierra Foothills. It is made from 100% Cabernet grapes harvested by hand, fermented dry and aged in oak for two years. The warm days and cool nights are just like what this grape is used to in its native lands, Chianti located in the Tuscan hills of Italy. When properly grown, it produces a rich, full-bodied wine of intense color and flavor. This selection is truly a tribute to its great Italian heritage.

There is also limited rainfall here. As a result, the grapes often ripen under water stress. By virtue of the vineyard's elevation, the grapes must make up for most of that lack of precipitation with generally cooler temperatures, better ventilation and more hours of sunlight. With a higher temperature sum and a final stage of grape ripening in the latter half of September and early October, these are ideal weather conditions for this grape.

Cabernet Sauvignon has shown itself to be adaptable to many different types of vineyard soils but seems to thrive in soils with a high concentration of limestone, having the potential to produce elegant wines with forceful aromas. In the Bordeaux region of France, especially the village of Pauillac, Cabernet Sauvignon thrives on the highly infused shale-clay soil known as Galestro, similar to the high Sierras. The grape requires a long growing season, as it buds early and is slow to ripen.

Old Guys Rule is produced from Cabernet grapes procured from several select vineyards in the Sierra Foothills, California's most up and coming wine appellation. This area is considered the Central Valley but shares a more temperate climate with Napa as the cool breezes from San Pablo Bay producing a much cooler growing condition than any area in its proximity.

This superb Cabernet Sauvignon has true varietal character, great depth, intense flavor and a soft tannin structure. Enjoy superlative flavors of black cherry jam, bacon bits, coffee and dark chocolate. It is an absolute must with prime rib or rack of lamb.

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