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Summit Lake

Summit Lake
2014 Emily Kestrel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.8%
94 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$85

Summit Lake
2014 Emily Kestrel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Howell Mountain, Napa Valley

Pair this wine with:
Beef Vegetables

Category: Cabernet Sauvignon

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 14.8%
Nearly opaque indigo color. Aromas of black cassis, charred pine cone, sandalwood, star anise, fine cigarettes, and smoked sausages with a satiny, vibrant, dry full body and a warming, elegant, medium-long tar, chinese 5 spice, and pink peppercorns finish with firm, well-integrated tannins and heavy oak. A silky, mysterious Howell Mountain that will come alive with cellar time.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Rich & Full & Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: black cassis, charred pine cone, sandalwood, star anise, fine cigarettes, and smoked sausages
Taste Flavor: tar, chinese 5 spice, and pink peppercorns
Sweetness Sweetness: Dry
Enjoy Enjoy: In 3-6 years with food
Recipes Pairing: Dry-Aged Sirloin From A Free Range Cow, Steak & Potatoes, Beef Stew
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A silky, mysterious Howell Mountain that will come alive with cellar time.

The Producer

Summit Lake Vineyards & Winery

The Producer
2000 Summit Lake Dr
Angwin, CA 94508
USA
1 707-965-2488

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.