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Bellacana Vineyards

Bellacana Vineyards
2016 Hillside Select, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15.2% RS: <1%
87 Points
Silver Medal
Highly Recommended
$32

Bellacana Vineyards
2016 Hillside Select, Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Pork Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 15.2% RS: <1%
Ruby color. Aromas of boysenberry, dried figs and dates, fruit cake, roses, and milk chocolate with a velvety, crisp, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length dry roasted nuts, star anise, and caramel finish with moderate oak flavor. A fruity, port-like cabernet.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity
Aroma Aroma: boysenberry, dried figs and dates, fruit cake, roses, and milk chocolate
Taste Flavor: dry roasted nuts, star anise, and caramel
Sweetness Sweetness: Fruity
Enjoy Enjoy: Now with food and on its own
Recipes Pairing: Pulled Pork Sandwich, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A fruity, port-like cabernet.

The Producer

Bellacana Vineyards

The Producer
PO Box 607
Geyserville, CA 95441
USA
1 707-814-4134

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.