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Robert Mondavi Private Selection has unveiled its Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon.
This wine originates in the coastal vineyards of Monterey County, CA. Grapes are picked at the peak of ripeness, after which the wine is aged and blended to deliver fruit flavors and complexity. A portion of the blend is aged for an additional three months using a combination of new and used Kentucky Bourbon barrels, creating one of the first Bourbon barrel aged wines produced in the United States.
Bourbon barrels are 100% American oak barrels that have been charred to help impart deep toasty flavors and hints of vanilla and brown sugar. Cabernet Sauvignon is particularly suited for Bourbon barrel aging, the company says, because its rich fruit character isn’t overwhelmed by the flavors of the charred casks. This wine is rich, full-bodied on the palette, and the 2014 vintage delivers flavors of black cherry and blackberry.
The Robert Mondavi Private Selection Bourbon Barrel Aged Cabernet Sauvignon will be released in limited-production and is available nationally now.
Born 40 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence, George A. Dickel was an established Nashville merchant when he entered the whisky business. Dickel grew his reputation for selling the smoothest, most mellow spirits in the region. Thus, Geo. A. Dickel & Co. was born and when the Cascade Hollow Distillery opened in 1878 in neighboring Coffee County, George Dickel bought a large share. George Dickel followed in the Scottish tradition of spelling whisky without an “e.”
George Dickel preferred whisky made in the winter months more than summer months because he felt it made the whisky taste smoother, so the company began advertising their Geo. A. Dickel’s Cascade Tennessee Whisky as “Mellow as Moonlight.” This is why our whisky is chilled before undergoing the charcoal-mellow filtration known as the Lincoln County Process. This extra step smooths out the flavor and we’re still the only Tennessee distillery to do it.
Many people think of sparkling wines only for holidays or other celebratory occasions. Let's not forget that sparkling wines are great summer wines. Wheather a crisp brut or a smooth demi-sec, bubbly adds a festive touch to picnics, barbecues and other warm weather pursuits. There is nothing like a bottle of sparkling wine to enjoy an inspiring summer sunset.
Here are five of our favorite go to summer sparklers. All are reasonably priced from $10.99 to $18.99.
Saint-Hilaire Blanquette de Limoux Brut, from France, is sourced from the oldest sparkling wine producing region on the planet. Still made in the traditional way, Saint-Hilaire Brut displays aromas of peach, pear and green apple with a wonderful creamy mouthful. Think non-vintage champagne at a fraction of the cost.
Destello Cava Brut Reserva, from Spain, is aged in the bottle from eighteen months giving it great character. Enjoy the fresh scents of apple and pear. The crisp orchard fruits and a lively minerality carry it to a smooth finish.
Lobetia Pink Bubbles, also from Spain is made from organic estate grown grapes. Clean and bright coloured with a pale rose tone. On the nose there is a red cherry bouquet. On the palate, you have a full flavor with good acidity.
Next, we have Rotari Brut Rose, an elegant sparkler from the Trentino Territory in Northern Italy. Pale pink in color and an aroma of red fruits. This wine is delicate and fragrant, softly structured with lively acidity and minerality.
Also from Italy, Tuscany, we have Splendia. It is a sweet sparkling wine made from Merlot grapes. Light and delicate, strawberies seemingly pour from the bottle. A nice fruity alternative to the usual sparkling wine offerings.
These are just sample, stop in and see our large sparkling wine selection. We're sure you'll find your own go-to.
Enjoy the rest of the summer.
Committed to the success of the Central Coast and the California wine industry, John recently presented at the International Cabernet Symposium and also serves on the boards of the Petite Sirah Advocacy group, PS I Love You and the Livermore Valley Wine Growers Association.
Over 130 years ago, our Founder, James Concannon imported extraordinary Cabernet Sauvignon vines directly from Chateau Margaux in Bordeaux. In 1965, his grandson, Jim, collaborated with UC Davis in selecting cuttings from one of those vines for heat treatment.
Consistently producing some of the best quality fruit and these highly successful Cabernet Selections became known as Concannon Cabernet Clones 7, 8 and 11 due to their high quality and disease-resistant properties.
These dynamic Clones helped revive the California wine industry and played a key role in helping California Cabernet achieve international recognition.
Today, we are proud that an estimate 80% of California's Cabernet Sauvignon is planted to our Concannon Clones.