Matchbook "Dunnigan Hills" Cabernet Sauvignon
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Matchbook "Dunnigan Hills" Cabernet Sauvignon - 2021

Item # 25868 750mL

Rich yet earthy, with notes of blackberries, leather, and herbs, this weighty Cab brings a lot of complexity to the table. A balancing note of cedar shavings indicates that this wine spent some time in oak. Tannins are softened, with just enough structure to demand a peppered steak alongside. A splash of Syrah adds a sprinkle of white pepper on the nose and palate. The Cabernet Sauvignon was selected from Lake County and the Russian River Valley. The Syrah is from the Russian River Valley and Dunnigan Hills. After fermentation the wine was aged 19 months in a combination of new and neutral French and American oak. Crew Wines was launched in 2005 by the owners of R.H. Phillips Wines. They named this new project "Crew" because they kept most of the same staff.

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Weighty yet approachable. Rich but not jammy. And having a lovely soft non-aggressive tannic structure. This Cabernet Sauvignon, balanced with a touch of Russian River Syrah, is a delightful wine that I have enjoyed over and over. At under $15.00 a bottle, this is a superb bargain. The nose has lovely blackberry fruit, hints of herb, and a whiff of pepper. The palate is elegant: wonderfully soft and smooth with enough tannin and acidity to gently stimulate one's appetite and to conjure up images of munching on a juicy steak or burger! I hope you will enjoy drinking this wine and cheers to discovering your new best value-friendly buddy of a Cabernet! Stephen W.

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