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Wine Tasting - New Releases of California Cabernet Sauvignon

Wed Jul 30th, 2014 4pm-6pm
Trapp Family Lodge
Venue: Trapp Family Lodge, Wine Cellar
700 Trapp Hill Rd, Stowe, VT 05672 (Map) (Set as Local)
Wine Tasting - New Releases of California Cabernet Sauvignon Stowe Vermont

Wine Tasting - New Releases of California Cabernet Sauvignon
July 30th 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

We will be tasting new releases of California Cabernet Sauvignon, for inclusion on our list. John Fagan of Calmont Beverage, will be on hand to discuss the wines and answer any questions. In California, Cabernet Sauvignon has developed its characteristic style and reputation, recognizable in the world's market. Production and plantings of the grape in California are similar in quantity to those of Bordeaux. The 1976 Judgement of Paris wine tasting event help to catapult Californian Cabernet Sauvignons onto the international stage when Stag's Leap Wine Cellars 1973 Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon beat out classified Bordeaux estates like Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Chateau Montrose, Chateau Haut-Brion and Chateau Leoville-Las Cases in a blind tasting conductes by French wine experts. In California, the main stylistic difference in Cabernet Sauvignon is between hillside/mountain vineyards and those on flatter terrain like valley floors or some areas of the Central Valley. In Napa, the hillside vineyards of Diamond Mountain District, Howell Mountain, Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain District have thinner, less fertile soils which produces smaller berries with more intense flavors, reminiscent of Bordeaux wines that require years of aging to mature. The yields are also much lower, typically in the range of 1-2 tons per acre in contrast to the 4-8 tons that can be produced in the more fertile valley floors.[2] Wines produced from mountainside vineyards tend to be characterized by deep inky colors and strong berry aromas. Throughout California there are many wine regions that have the potential to grow Cabernet Sauvignon to full ripeness and produce fruity, full-bodied wines with alcohol levels regularly above the Bordeaux average of 12-13% - often in excess of 14%. The format will be casual, walk around with cheese and bread. The wines featured will be:

Hahn Winery, California 2012
Shooting Star, Lake County 2011
Picket Fence, Alexander Valley 2010
Three Saints, Happy Canyon of Santa Barbara 2010
B Side, Napa Valley 2012

Reservations required; please call the front desk at (802) 253-5742 or (800) 826-7000.

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