California produces about 90% of all wine made in America and contains some 1200 producers from boutique to massive global players. Although wine was introduced to California in the 18th Century by Spanish missionaries, the modern industry only dates back to the sixties. The region was put on the wine map when several Californian wines beat their French counterparts in the now-famous Judgment in Paris in 1976.One of the major contributions it has made to the wine industry is a focus on a grapes physiological ripeness. Rather than pick when the sugars and acids are in balance, most growers like to pick with the seeds are brown and ripe. At this time there is no ""greenness"" remaining in the grape and the tannins are much softer. This makes a style of wine that is easier to drink in its youth and does not require significant bottle aging. The downside is that the sugars are so high at this point that the wines produced from such grapes are much higher in alcohol than they used to be.
The name “Balade” (French for wandering) is fitting for a wine which will be derived from a different, single vineyard location with each vintage. The 2020 version of this wine has been sourced from the Santa Rita Hills AVA.
Affordable California Cabernet is often produced with exceptionally high residual sugar to hide imperfections. Carmenet does not go down this road. Rich, dark red in colour, Carmenet Cabernet Sauvignon id dry, and presents a complex bouquet of berries with hints of chocolate. The palate rounds out with spice and vanilla and ends with a smooth lingering finish.
The Coastal Vines Cabernet Sauvignon is a dark, plum-colored wine. Aromas of berries and toast open up to flavors of ripe, red raspberries, plums, and vanilla on the palate, culminating in a smooth, fruity finish.
Pale ruby colour. On the nose there is classic California Pinot character with blackberry, cherry, cola and leather. The soft vanilla tones from the oak blend perfectly with the intense fruit core and soft tannins, providing complexity and balance and leading to a lingering finish.
From vineyards in Russian River, Dry Creek and Alexander valleys in Sonoma, this is a special blend of 88% Zinfandel, 9% Petite Sirah, 1% Carignan, 2% Mixed Reds and aged 9 months in American and French oak.
Highly acclaimed and considered one of the “Super Sauvignons” (a term coined by wine writer Karen MacNeil to describe a rare class of wines considered to be among the world’s utmost expressions of this noble grape),
With its Bordeaux-like presence, this wine is deep, rich, and lingering. Firm, integrated tannins frame the concentrated, dark fruit (currant, black cherry, wild berry, plum.) Toasty oak and an earthy edge add to the wine’s great complexity. Aromas of cedar oak, currants, black cherries and ripe plums suggest the fruit flavors to come, as does the intense, deep red color of the wine. Dense, mouth-filling cherries, plums, chocolate and tobacco marry with the oak nuances. The firm tannins underlying the wine’s core provide balance, leading to a long, lingering finish.
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