1999 Renaissance Vineyard Sierra Foothills Cabernet Sauvignon

SKU #1021552

"Deep color. Rich, ripe, fruity, spicy nose; berries, black-cherry, cedar, wet earth. Ripe, concentrated flavors, with lots of juicy cherry/flowery fruit; very easy-going for a young Renaissance cab. Long, harmonious finish. This is exceptional quality, and ready to drink now, or hold to 2015. Gold Medal" - Tasters Guild International, August 200

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By: John Majeski |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 11/30/2010  | Send Email
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The Renaissance Vineyard and Winery, founded in 1978 in the remote Sierra Foothills town of Oregon House, has always devoted itself to crafting long-lived, high-altitude wines of uncompromising balance and structure. Polished, elegant and remarkably claret-like, their medium-weight wines defy the bigger-is-better trend found in so many huge Napa-numbing Cabernets. The unwelcome influence of new oak is eliminated by aging for 18 months in large, neutral barrels, allowing the wine to evolve slowly its extraordinary melange of flavors— blackcurrants, sweet spice, cloves, violets, pencil-lead, cedar, licorice, layer upon layer. I doubt there exists a $35 bottle of wine in California that can measure up to this, and the beauty is, this Cab is still evolving, and will drink well for another decade or more...
Top Value! Drink from 2010 to 2025

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Varietal:

Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
Specific Appellation:

Sierra Foothills/El Dorado

- This sweeping inland territory (an AVA on its own right), encompassing El Dorado, Fiddletown, Shenandoah and Amador, has been on the grape-growing map since the Gold Rush. With the exception of high-altitude El Dorado, the vineyards here are sun-baked and hot—in other words, best suited to old-vine zinfandel, petit sirah and Rhône varietals. The cooler climes of El Dorado are ideal for cabernet, chardonnay and merlot.
Alcohol Content (%): 13.5