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Ariel Non Alcoholic Brut Cuvée 2002

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VINTAGE The characteristic constant sunshine, very warm days and cool nights produced grapes with intense color and flavor, facilitating the 2002 harvest with ease. The 2002 harvest, like most harvests in Paso Robles, was a waiting game for the fruit to achieve full color and flavor potential while sugar ripeness gradually increased. This varied from vineyard to vineyard with harvest lasting 3 weeks, beginning on September 30th. Sugar levels in 2002 ranged from 25 to 27 º Brix. Closely managing each vineyard block, we were able to dial in the optimum time for each block to be harvested. The end result is an excellent, rich, full-bodied Cabernet that lays a strong foundation for successive vintages. CABERNET SAUVIGNON The backbone of the Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon comes from vineyards located directly opposite our Paso Robles winery. The Seven Oaks vineyard was originally planted on its own rootstock, utilizing some of the original planting material from Estrella clones. The soils in our Paso Robles vineyards vary from gravelly clay loam to limestone-based soils over a relatively small parcel of land, and various rootstock and clonal combinations have been used to maximize the expression of each individual site. The different soil types and planting combinations add to and complement the palate of both the Seven Oaks Cabernet and the other red varietals we produce to add balance and weight to the wine, including Malbec and Petit Verdot. TECHNICAL DATA Origin: Seven Oaks, Paso Robles vineyard Composition: 78.6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7.0% Petite Sirah, 4.1% Merlot, 2.6% Petite Verdot, 2.5% Syrah, 1.7% Zinfandel, 1.4% Alicante Bouchet and 1.9% other red varietals Total Acidity: 0.65 g/100 ml pH at Bottling: 3.75 Alcohol: 13.5% by volume Residual Sugar: Dry Vinification: Stainless steel fermented Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks and barrels Maturation: 14 to 16 months aging in combination American and French oak Bottling Date: June 2004 Production: 220,000 cases Sugg. Retail Price: $15.00 WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS The wine exhibits a youthful complexion of dark ruby colors with red and purple hues, and has a vibrant, dark cherry aroma with hints of raspberry, forming a base for other characters of cocoa, tar and vanilla. The wine has a full structure and a lingering finish. This cabernet is suitable with all game and red meats, as well as tomato-based dishes.

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J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines:
Founded in 1972, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines crafts an array of acclaimed wines from estate vineyards in Monterey County, Paso Robles and Napa Valley. From this world-class palette of fruit, J. Lohr produces three tiers of award-winning wines – J. Lohr Estates, J. Lohr Vineyard Series and J. Lohr Cuvée Series. Selecting Monterey County’s Arroyo Seco appellation for his o... Read more
Founded in 1972, J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines crafts an array of acclaimed wines from estate vineyards in Monterey County, Paso Robles and Napa Valley. From this world-class palette of fruit, J. Lohr produces three tiers of award-winning wines – J. Lohr Estates, J. Lohr Vineyard Series and J. Lohr Cuvée Series. Selecting Monterey County’s Arroyo Seco appellation for his original vineyard, Jerry planted his first 280 acres of grapes beginning in 1972. Ideally suited for cool-climate winegrowing, these vineyards have become an acclaimed source for outstanding Chardonnay, Riesling, Valdiguié and Pinot Noir. At the heart of J. Lohr’s renowned red wine program are its 2,000 acres of estate vineyards in Paso Robles. Featuring warm, sunny days, cool nights and diverse soils, these vineyards have proven ideal for cultivating a flavorful array of grapes including voluptuous and complex Bordeaux varietals of Cabernet, Merlot and Cabernet Franc along with Syrah and Zinfandel. Read less

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VINTAGE The characteristic constant sunshine, very warm days and cool nights produced grapes with intense color and flavor, facilitating the 2002 harvest with ease. The 2002 harvest, like most harvests in Paso Robles, was a waiting game for the fruit to achieve full color and flavor potential while sugar ripeness gradually increased. This varied from vineyard to vineyard with harvest lasting 3 weeks, beginning on September 30th. Sugar levels in 2002 ranged from 25 to 27 º Brix. Closely managing each vineyard block, we were able to dial in the optimum time for each block to be harvested. The end result is an excellent, rich, full-bodied Cabernet that lays a strong foundation for successive vintages. CABERNET SAUVIGNON The backbone of the Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon comes from vineyards located directly opposite our Paso Robles winery. The Seven Oaks vineyard was originally planted on its own rootstock, utilizing some of the original planting material from Estrella clones. The soils in our Paso Robles vineyards vary from gravelly clay loam to limestone-based soils over a relatively small parcel of land, and various rootstock and clonal combinations have been used to maximize the expression of each individual site. The different soil types and planting combinations add to and complement the palate of both the Seven Oaks Cabernet and the other red varietals we produce to add balance and weight to the wine, including Malbec and Petit Verdot. TECHNICAL DATA Origin: Seven Oaks, Paso Robles vineyard Composition: 78.6% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7.0% Petite Sirah, 4.1% Merlot, 2.6% Petite Verdot, 2.5% Syrah, 1.7% Zinfandel, 1.4% Alicante Bouchet and 1.9% other red varietals Total Acidity: 0.65 g/100 ml pH at Bottling: 3.75 Alcohol: 13.5% by volume Residual Sugar: Dry Vinification: Stainless steel fermented Malolactic fermentation in stainless steel tanks and barrels Maturation: 14 to 16 months aging in combination American and French oak Bottling Date: June 2004 Production: 220,000 cases Sugg. Retail Price: $15.00 WINEMAKER'S COMMENTS The wine exhibits a youthful complexion of dark ruby colors with red and purple hues, and has a vibrant, dark cherry aroma with hints of raspberry, forming a base for other characters of cocoa, tar and vanilla. The wine has a full structure and a lingering finish. This cabernet is suitable with all game and red meats, as well as tomato-based dishes.

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