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{2014 CABERNET SAUVIGNON - estate}


Availability for our 2014 is very limited, as the drought that year severely restricted our grape crop. Fortunately, the little fruit it did yield was stunning in quality.  The 2014 is just a terrific expression of our estate vineyard.  As Mike Dunne, wine columnist for The Sacramento Bee wrote about this wine in a recent column about Foothill Cabernet, “Peppy red-fruit flavors bolt out of the gate at first sip and don’t let up until long after the glass is empty. The wine’s sweet fruit is counterbalanced by broad streams of smoke and vanilla…”  It’s Cabernet deliciousness in a glass!  Organically farmed, bottled without filtration.  
     
Blend:  100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Price:  $36

Cases Produced:  96

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What strikes us the most about our 2013 Cab is its elegance.   Beautifully textured like all our 2013s, it's loaded with dark cherry, currants, dried herbs, and chocolate, framed by subtle tannins, balanced acidity, and lovely minerality.  With a restrained 13.8% alcohol, it's a wine with one foot in the Old World (Bordeaux), and one foot in the New World (California).   If you have a soft spot for old-school California Cabernet, we  think you will really enjoy this wine.  Grapes farmed organically, and bottled without filtration. 

Blend:  100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Price:  $30

Cases Produced:  165

Cedarville Vineyard Cab returns!  As many of you know, we didn't bottle a 2011 Cabernet  The 2012 vintage is lovely, showing dark cherry, creamy oak, dried herbs, anise, and a hint of minerality in the nose, followed by deep red fruited flavors, dark chocolate, and spicy oak, all of which seamlessly integrate with lively acidity, smooth tannins, and a long finish. This vintage is very similar to 2010 in its youthful appeal, is perhaps a touch riper, and will easily develop further with bottle aging.   Grapes farmed organically, and bottled without filtration. 

Blend:  100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Price:  $30

Cases Produced:  121

Our Cabernet Sauvignon grapes (and other Cab grown in El Dorado) are highly sought after by local wineries and wineries outside El Dorado  for the right reasons: character and value.   Once you taste this wine, if you are a Cabernet lover we think you'll agree it's a terrific value.  Our 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon is delicious.  Dark cherry, cocoa, anise, and a hint of mint in the aromas, followed by deep red fruited flavors with lots of creamy oak, dark chocolate, and seamlessly integrated tannins which invite another taste.  All the beauty of Cabernet Sauvignon is here, and at our introductory pricing, it's a tempting addition to your cellar. 

Blend:  100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Price:  $29

Cases Produced:  245

Our 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon is the 10th  vintage from our vineyard, and it's a beauty, very similar to our 2007 and 2008.  The wine shows lovely mountain Cabernet aromas of blackberry, cocoa, and minerals, with pure, dark cherry and chocolate flavors.  It's rich and lively with great presence.  A complex wine, it reflects our vineyard's soil and climate, and is just plain delicious.  Drinkable at release, it will age well, just like our previous nine vintages. 

Blend:  100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Price:  $29

Cases Produced:  377

This is our ninth vintage of Cabernet Sauvignon. A severe frost in April 2008 reduced our crop dramatically. Although initially painful, this turned out to be a good thing, giving us a concentrated, intense, and pure Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine has dark cherry aromas and flavors, with hints of dark chocolate and dried herbs, framed by pretty oak, lively acidity, with a smooth and practically seamless mouth feel. The streak of minerality which runs through it is characteristic of Cedarville Vineyard. It's delicious right now, and like all of our Cabernets, it will become more complex with age

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $29

Cases Produced: 399

We turn a lot of heads with our Cabernet Sauvignon.  In the vineyard and winery, we focus more time, energy, and expense on our Cabernet Sauvignon than on any other wine we make.  Cabernet loves the attention, and it thrives in long, even growing seasons like 2007.  Our 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon has pure, classic Cabernet Sauvignon aromas and flavors of dark raspberry, chocolate, with a touch of dried spice.  Seamless tannins and balanced acidity keep it lively.  Hints of minerality and graphite are reminders of its granitic soil origins.  It's ready to enjoy now, and like all our wines, will develop beautifully in bottle.
 
Blend:  100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Price:  $29

Cases Produced:  538 .

We're very proud of our 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon. If you're a fan of this variety, we don't think you'll find many other California Cabernet Sauvignons as compelling at such a reasonable price. Our 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon is pure Cabernet in the nose, with dark cherry aromas and flavors wrapped in dark chocolate, framed by pretty oak, a hint of dried herbs, and a bit more ripeness than our 2005 Cab. The minerality which is typically Cedarville is here, as is the lively acidity, with a smooth and practically seamless mouth feel. Delicious right now, with the structure to develop more complexity with age -- a signature of all our 2006 reds.    

Blend:  100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Price:  $29

Cases Produced:  534

Right on the heels of the super ripe 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon comes the delicious 2005.  We feel we're in the groove with our Cabernet these days.  More than any of the other wines we make, successful Cabernet Sauvignon requires a balance between discipline in the vineyard and technique in the winery.  Cabernet is a naturally higher yielding grape variety, so it's necessary to keep yields low by ruthlessly cutting off excess crop. Shoot growth must be positioned vertically to better capture sunlight, and interfering leaves must be carefully removed. That's the discipline part, which is essential to achieve perfect ripeness in both grape flavors and tannins.    The resulting grape berries are remarkably small with immense flavor and tannins - classic mountain-grown Cabernet Sauvignon.  Enter technique in the winery.  Managing the intense tannins during fermentation is absolutely key, as is preserving all that pure Cabernet flavor.

Vineyard Block: Estate Vineyard, south facing slope near top of vineyard at just below 2,500 feet elevation.

Blend:  100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Price:  $29

Cases Produced:  537  

We adore this wine, and believe it clearly illustrates the potential for Cabernet Sauvignon here at Cedarville and in this area of the Sierra Foothills.  The mountainous growing areas of Napa Valley, similar to our mountains here, have been our inspiration for style since we set out to make serious Foothill Cabernet Sauvignon. Since planting our Cabernet Sauvignon vines in 1997, and the harvest of our first Cabernet grapes in 2000, we've been tinkering with the vineyard, fine tuning our grapevine canopy and dramatically reducing our crop loads.We've been tinkering in the winery too, experimenting with fermentation techniques, various barrels, and ripeness levels. We think that everything came together beautifully in the 2004 vintage. 

This wine has a big, spicy Cabernet Sauvignon nose, dark fruit flavors of blackberry and cherry, rich texture, pretty oak, and balanced acidity. It is ripe and fruity, but it's not a fruit bomb. Like so many of our wines, it has the ripeness and fruit to be enjoyable now, and the structure to age in the cellar if that's your preference. It's 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, 100% delicious.

Estate Vineyard Block: Estate Vineyard, south facing slope near top of vineyard at just below 2,500 feet elevation.

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Price: $29

Cases Produced: 433

Our goal with Cabernet Sauvignon is to show the potential of this grand grape here in Fair Play. To us, it seems like the ultimate winegrowing challenge. Why? Because of the incredible amount of hand labor and the low crop yields required to properly ripen and tame Cabernet's tannins in a mountain vineyard like ours. We're very pleased with our progress with Cabernet Sauvignon, and we hope you agree.

The 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon is built along the same lines as our 2002, but has a lot of flavor in common with our 2001. Tasting the 2001, 2002, and 2003 side by side, we're struck by the purity of fruit in the 2003. The 2003 fruit is as bright as the 2001, the texture as thick as the 2002, and the finish is definitely the longest of all three. Our tasting notes include words like juicy black cherries, cranberries, cloves, nutmeg, sweet soft tannins, and a long finish. If you have enjoyed our previous vintages of Cabernet Sauvignon, we're certain you'll be enamored with this one!

Estate Vineyard Block: Estate Vineyard, south facing slope near top of vineyard at just below 2,500 feet elevation.

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

14.8% alcohol

Price: $27.50

Cases Produced: 503

Growing high quality Cabernet Sauvignon grapes at a mountainous 2500 feet elevation is a rewarding challenge. There is great potential to make serious Cabernet Sauvignon from the Sierra Foothills, but it requires paying meticulous attention to the vineyard, picking the grapes at physiological maturity, and managing those mountain tannins. We are already rather fanatic about these matters, and we think it shows in our 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Estate Vineyard Block: East, West, and Creekside Blocks on a South facing slope

Blend: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

14.4% alcohol

Price: $27.50

Cases Produced: 399

Tasting Note: concentrated blackberry, black cherries, cocoa and cedar in the aromas. Layers of fruit unfold as the wine airs, and the wine's flavors are deep and rich, with soft tannins on the finish. This is a big wine, for sure, yet it is showing very well now and certainly has the structure to reward aging.

You'll hear a lot about the 2001 vintage for Cabernet Sauvignon in California ­ it is widely considered to be a fantastic vintage for this noble grape. Here at Cedarville, we experienced an early bud break, a mild summer and a long warm autumn, so the grapes ripened thoroughly. We are very careful to keep the crop load low in our Cabernet vineyard, and to make sure the grape clusters are exposed to dappled sunlight to develop ripe flavors. This requires thinning shoots, pulling leaves and dropping crop, all of which are labor intensive and expensive. We think the results are worth it. Our 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon is, in our humble opinion, the most significant wine we made in the 2001 vintage, and perhaps to date here at Cedarville Vineyard. Those of you who have tasted this wine from barrel while visiting Cedarville know what we're talking about: big, ripe, thick ­ a level of Cabernet Sauvignon rarely seen here in the Sierra Foothills.

Estate Vineyard Block: East, West, and Creekside Blocks on a South facing slope

14.4% alcohol

Price: $27.50

Cases Produced: 472

Tasting Note: Aromas of blackberry, currants, cedar, and espresso ­ along with the deep, dark, sense of a wine of great scale. Flavors of ripe blackberries, cherries and chocolate follow in the mouth, with creamy oak and sweet tannins on the long finish. Layers of fruit open up as the wine airs. This is a big, decadent wine that is showing well now, and has the structure to reward aging.

We are very proud of our debut Cabernet Sauvignon. It is the result of a lot of planning and many, many hours of labor intensive vineyard work. We knew from the very beginning that our high elevation vineyard had the potential to make a special Cabernet Sauvignon, so we invested in top clonal budwood material and an extensive (and expensive) trellising system. The vines are trained to a lyre system, and we shoot thin and drop crop by hand to ensure maximum ripeness.

We treated this wine with the same care as our fellow Cabernet producing cousins in Napa Valley. We picked the grapes at 25.5 degrees brix, used a high percentage of top quality French oak barrels, and aged the wine for 19 months in our caves. We have shared barrel samples with a number of our customers and merchants over the past year, and the feedback has been terrific. We hope you agree!

Estate Vineyard Block: East, West, and Creekside Blocks on a South facing slope

14.5% alcohol

Price: $27.50

Cases Produced: 168

Tasting Note: The complex nose displays currants, plums, cedar, and espresso. The mouth features ripe plums, more currants and chocolate, with creamy oak and sweet tannins on the finish. It is showing well now, and has the structure to develop more complexity over the coming years.