Land of Saints Cabernet Sauvignon

$32.00

4 in stock

Vintage: 2019
Region: Santa Ynez Valley, California, United States
Viticulture: Sustainable
Grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon

Land of Saints Cabernet Sauvignon comes from three distinct clones grown in the Santa Ynez Valley area of the Central Coast in California.

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About Land of Saints Cabernet Sauvignon

Land of Saints Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from three distinct Cabernet clones from a single site in Santa Ynez Valley. Each clone was harvested
separately and vinified 100% destemmed. Èlevage was for 11 months in neutral 59gal barrique, with the three lots being racked together one (new) moon before bottling. Only 971 cases were made.

About Land of Saints

Land of Saints is a collaboration between Angela and Jason Osborne of A Tribute to Grace Wine Company, and Manuel Cuevas of C2 Cellars. The trio met during the 2013 vintage and have been discussing sunshine, moon signs, and their Kiwi/Cornish/Mexican-American roots ever since. They stem from three beautifully different corners of the globe, united by their love of California and the vinous expressions of Santa Barbara County.

About Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is probably the most famous red wine grape variety on Earth. It is rivaled in this regard only by its Bordeaux stablemate Merlot, and its opposite number in Burgundy, Pinot Noir. From its origins in Bordeaux, Cabernet has successfully spread to almost every wine-growing country in the world. It is now the key grape variety in many first-rate New World wine regions, most notably Napa Valley, Coonawarra, and Maipo Valley. Wherever they come from, Cabernet Sauvignon wines always seem to demonstrate a handful of common character traits: deep color, good tannin structure, moderate acidity, and aromas of blackcurrant, tomato leaf, dark spices, and cedarwood.

DNA profiling carried out in California in 1997 confirmed that Cabernet Sauvignon is the product of a natural genetic crossing between key Bordeaux grape varieties Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. Most wine authorities agree that this crossing happened only within the past few centuries, making the variety’s global fame and dominance all the more impressive. (© Wine-Searcher)

There are two key reasons for Cabernet Sauvignon’s rise to dominance. The most simple and primordial of these is that its vines are highly adaptable to different soil types and climates; it is grown at latitudes as disparate as 50°N (Okanagan in Canada) and 20°S (northern Argentina), and in soils as different as the Pessac-Leognan gravels and the iron-rich terra rossa of Coonawarra. Secondary to this, but just as important, is that despite the diversity of terroirs in which the vine is grown, Cabernet Sauvignon wines retain an inimitable “Cab” character, nuanced with hints of provenance in the best-made examples. There is just a single reason, however, for the durability of the variety’s fame and that is simple economics; the familiarity and marketability of the Cabernet Sauvignon name has an irresistible lure to wine companies looking for a reliable return on their investment.

A vigorous variety (another characteristic in its favor), Cabernet Sauvignon produces a dense leaf canopy and relatively high grape yields, giving wine producers a fairly open choice between quantity and quality. Careful vineyard management is essential, however, to coax the best out of the fruit.

As a late-flowering and late-ripening variety, Cabernet Sauvignon grapes mature slowly. This can also work for or against wine quality; in a cold season or climate, there is a risk of the grapes failing to ripen fully, while in most other conditions the steady rate of progress offers producers a wider choice of harvest dates.

 

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