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2010 Chateau Julien - Cabernet Sauvignon Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon - USA - California - Monterey - Red

USA - California - Monterey

Red Cabernet Sauvignon
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Comm: 2013-2033 VF: 2012-2025
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Author dolcevita
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Tasted On 07/02/2013
Drink Dates 2013-2033

Black currant, jammy blackberry and cassis aromas complement smoky coffee flavors and lingering sweet oak. Moderate tannins balance bold, ripe fruit. Complex and robust, this full-bodied wine shows deep texture through a smooth finish. Will age nicely for up to twenty years. The Vineyard Approximately 9.9 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were planted in the southwest section of the winery's Estate Vineyard in 1996. The vineyard is located in South Monterey County's Lockwood Valley, a coastal valley on the western Santa Lucia Mountain Range a short 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean. The vineyard's southwest location brings warmer daytime temperatures with diurnal temperature variations exceeding 50 degrees throughout the growing season. This ensures the balance of acidity in the ripe, full development of fruit. An ideal coarse, gravely loam soil with low moisture levels enable controlled water management practices early season, ultimately resulting in intense, vibrant fruit on the vine. Small berry clusters and deep varietal character are a result of the vineyard's unique climate, where we thin the crop load to under 2 tons to the acre. Planted on its own roots in 1996, only 5.2 acres of the Cabernet Sauvignon block was hand harvested for this Private Reserve wine. The Vintage The growing season began with a very wet spring of unseasonable rain storms, which ultimately affected bloom with set less than normal and a lower yield of fruit development on the vines. Luckily, a temperate summer with a few days of high temperatures followed with a long, warm fall for an extended period of flavor development. The result was a small crop with intense color, flavor and balance. Winemaking Notes One hundred percent Cabernet Sauvignon grapes were crushed for minimal maceration and inoculated with Pris de Mousse yeast to maintain many of the fruit components. Fermented warm up to 85 degrees, the juice was pumped over 2 times daily to increase the color and tannin extract in the wine. At dryness, the wine was pressed off and allowed to settle until completion of malolactic fermentation. Aged in 100% new French Never oak barrels from cooper Nadalie. Racked annually, and aged for 23 months. Tasting Notes Black currant, jammy blackberry and cassis aromas complement smoky coffee flavors and lingering sweet oak. Moderate tannins balance bold, ripe fruit. Complex and robust, this full-bodied wine shows deep texture through a smooth finish. Will age nicely for up to twenty years. Wine Statistics Varietal Composition- 100% Cabernet Sauvignon Appellation- Monterey County Harvest Date- September 13, 2003 Brix at Harvest- 25.2 Barrel Aged- 23 months Cooperage- French, Never Age of Oak- 100% new Total Acidity- 0.65g/100ml pH- 3.62 Alcohol- 14.5% Production- 165 6-packs

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