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Wine Guide > Christopher Creek Winery > Finlay's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

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Cabernet Sauvignon

2004 Finlay's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
Dry Creek Valley

Our 2004 Finlay’s Vineyard Cabernet is produced from grapes grown in red soils (terrior*) on the Eastern slopes of Bradford Mountain overlooking Dry Creek Valley and shows the characteristics of a “serious Cab.” Finlay is the Rhodesian Ridgeback who guards the vineyard. The vines are over 30 years old and the grapes produce wine with intense aromas and tastes of blueberry, boysenberry, cassis and plum with spicy, cedar and clove overtones. The wine is 95% Cabernet, 5% Merlot with a field blend of Cabernet Franc, and has been aged for 18 months in French oak barrels. The concentration and ample tannic structure should allow for 8-to-10 years of bottle aging. Red meat dishes are the pairing of choice for the 2003 Cabernet. Try it with steak, prime rib or a barbecued tri-tip.

*Terroir is defined here by soil, slope, drainage, sun exposure and climate characteristics of a growing area. These characteristics can provide a grape variety with a unique personality. A wine made with such grapes is said to have a “gout de terroir” or “the taste of where it comes from."

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