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Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012. Happy Camper
Item # C0214R2DC

Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012. Happy Camper

Vintage: 2012
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard/Appellation: California
Color: Dark purple
Nose: Earth, licorice and black cherry
Palate: Ripe berry and plum
Finish: Concentrated, tannic with plummy fruit
Rating: 93
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Drink now through 2016
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Our selection is crafted by Arroyo Seco Vineyards, which was established in 1982 as a supplier of grapes and wines to some of the most prestigious wineries in all of California. They began bottling and selling their own limited production wines in 2001. From there, they created nothing less than a wine dynasty establishing vineyards in the finest spots of California by creating exceptional wine as a result. Their wine maker, Phil Franscioni, a third generation native of Monterey County, is known by his colleagues as the "Dean of Winemaking". He has earned this title for having the most continuous years of making wine in Monterey. He started his career working during the summers while attending High school and subsequently U.C. Davis. He graduated from Davis with a degree in Fermentation Science. After graduation in 1973, he has worked continuously in his passion for wine in Monterey County.

ASV Wines, Inc. is one of the largest wineries and grape growing operations in California. It owns and operates two wineries located in the San Joaquin Valley and the California's Central Coast. Their extensive vineyards include the premium wine growing appellations of Monterey, Arroyo Seco and Paso Robles. ASV is family owned with two generations currently managing the company. Their wineries and vineyards are part of an international agribusiness enterprise that includes a grapevine nursery, table grapes and other fresh fruits.

The Arroyo Seco vineyard is comprised of mainly an ancient river bed. This soil is one of the key factors that makes Arroyo Seco wines so complex. Vineyards are grown on well drained river cobbles and gravel. Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah are some of the grapes that thrive in this region.

Happy Camper are a line of limited production, reserve wines grown, produced and bottled from ASV's vineyards along California's Central Coast. We're a little suspect of "fanciful" names but this one makes us, well, happy. Located in the premium grape-growing appellations of Monterey and Arroyo Seco, these vineyards yield intense, full-flavored fruit of exceptional quality. For the Happy Camper collection, the winemaker selects the finest fruit then handcrafts the wine with extraordinary attention and care to produce distinctive wines with great nuance and depth. It is the best the winery has to offer.

Most of the grapes for Happy Camper Cabernet Sauvignon are grown on their best vineyards in the appellation of California's Central Coast. Unique vineyard conditions, which extend the growing season, result in wines with bright acidity and generous tropical and citrus fruit flavors. A perfect wine for pork loin wrapped in bacon and served with a black truffle risotto.

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