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*Showdown 'Man With The Ax'*

Cabernet Sauvignon

California, United States

Alc. 14 %

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$25.99

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$20.49
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Named "Man With The Ax" after the king of diamonds in a deck of cards, this bold, fruit-forward red is a compelling argument for the continued reign of Cabernet Sauvignon as the king of wines! Long considered California's signature red grape variety, Cabernet Sauvignon, a slow-ripening grape, thrives in the state's consistent heat and sunshine.

Fruit for this Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from select vineyards in the northern part of California's Central Valley, in the region around Lodi and Manteca. The cooling influence of the San Joaquin and Sacramento river deltas help temper the region's heat, and provide enough acidity to balance the richness of the fruit. After each parcel of fruit is fermented separately, a final blend is made, which is then aged for 6 months in oak. The final wine is sure to become a new favourite for lovers of the king of grapes! Enjoy at about 18 C over the next 2-3 years.

Smell

Classic Cabernet Sauvignon aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry preserves, and black cherry leap from the glass, and as the wine gets some air, complex aromas of campfire smoke, vanilla bean and fresh-cracked pepper emerge. There's just enough toasty oak to complement the dense, ripe fruit.

Taste

Full-bodied and plush on the palate, with mouth-coating tannins that are tempered by loads of juicy red and black fruit, cherry liqueur, and cassis. There's a hint of smokiness on the long, lingering finish, and enough bright acidity to balance the ripe fruit characteristics. This is made for immediate enjoyment, but will drink beautifully for the next few years.

Pairing

Don't over-think this one: a grilled t-bone with mushroom sauce would be a great match for this classic cab, but if you want to mix it up, pair with a takeout classic like beef and broccoli.

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