J. Rickards "Five Sisters Blend" Cabernet Sauvignon

J. Rickards "Five Sisters Blend" Cabernet Sauvignon - 2016

Item # 33542 750mL
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Color
Red
Vintage
Country
USA
Region
Sub-Region
Appellation/Village
Alexander Valley

Tasting Notes

Winemaker Jim Rickards' winery is located on the northern end of Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. While this Cabernet boasts dark berried fruits, there are tannins to add a solid backbone and making this a richer style of wine. Aged in French oak for two years, 30% of which was new. Our Reserve Cabernet is aged in 100% French oak barrels, with 50% new oak, for 18 months. The wine is balanced with a structure and age-worthiness which will continue to improve in bottle for the next 10+ years.


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