Tuesday, August 9, 2011


Cloverdale Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon

Pellegrini Family Vineyards boasts four generations of winemakers in Sonoma County.  The family has winemaking roots that go back to 1900, and the Cloverdale Ranch property was purchased in the mid 1980s.  Cloverdale Ranch Vineyard is located between the Mayacamas Moutains and the Russian River in Alexander Valley, while the winery itself is in Santa Rosa.

This wine is produced by winemaker Kevin Hamel, and has an alcohol content of 14.6% abv.  It's a 100% Cabernet Sauvignon aged for 22 months in French, Hungarian and American oak.  It retails for $28, but I got mine for my birthday from a friend with very good taste.

The color looks great, inky purple in the glass, and the nose features cassis, blackberries, anise, and a little campfire smoke.

There's cassis and blackberry on the palate, too, with some graphite and black tea showing up after the wine opens up a bit.  A trace of tar on the long lasting finish leaves a very pleasant memory.

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