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Athair

Athair
2012 Georges III Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.7% RS: <1%
91 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$125
Cellar Selection

Athair
2012 Georges III Vineyard, Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.7% RS: <1%
Violet color. Attractive aromas of berry cobbler, dark chocolate, sandalwood spice rack, and smoked nuts with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-long cherry cola, leather and smoked wood, chocolate berries, and sweet and peppery spice finish with firm, woody tannins and light oak flavor. A big Napa cab with tight tannins and a dense tangy palate.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Oaky, Fruity & Savory
Aroma Aroma: berry cobbler, dark chocolate, sandalwood spice rack, and smoked nuts
Taste Flavor: cherry cola, leather and smoked wood, chocolate berries, and sweet and peppery spice
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry-yet-Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Delmonico Steak, Short Ribs, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A big Napa cab with tight tannins and a dense tangy palate.

The Producer

Athair Wines

The Producer
PO Box 375
Sonoma, CA 95476
USA
1 707-484-0944

Cabernet Sauvignon

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Serve in a Cabernet Wine Glass
Cabernet Sauvignon is a variety that is the source of some of the world’s most celebrated and longest-lived reds. Grown in many countries, it is most famous in Bordeaux, where it is the principal grape in red Bordeaux as well as in California – especially Napa Valley- where it is labeled by its varietal name.

Cabernet Sauvignon has aromas and flavors of black currant, cassis, black cherry and sometimes plum (in warmer regions or vintages). Quite rich on the palate, the variety is very tannic, giving its wines a bitter edge in their youth, but also providing the wines with great aging potential, with top flight examples drinking well for as long as four or five decades. Given their richness and flavor profile, wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon need to be paired with rich red meats, such as steaks and roasts as well as game.

Besides France and California, other countries with warm growing regions also excel with Cabernet Sauvignon. These include the Maipo and Colchagua Valleys in Chile as well as the Bolgheri district, situated on the coast of Tuscany.