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Greg Norman Estates Cabernet Sauvignon North Coast 2005

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The North Coast appellation, which covers Napa, Sonoma and Lake counties, is renowned for the depth and richness of its Cabernet Sauvignon. Having access to a larger region offers the winemaker the luxury to choose the best grapes in order to create a balanced wine with lush fruit and firm tannins.The grapes were crushed and fermented an average of seven to 10 days. Pump-overs three times a day helped extract color and tannins. After fermentation, Ron aged the wine for 16 months in one- and two-year-old French oak barrels to round out the firm tannins and add complexity and depth of flavors.It has deep, rich flavors of blueberry and ripe black currant, and a nice velvety mouthfeel. It finishes out with discrete notes of sweet oak and a touch of mint.

Region: USA » California » North Coast

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Color: Red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
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Greg's Wine Preferences I was first introduced to wine and the appreciation of a good bottle of wine back in the 70s when I started playing professional golf in Europe. I would frequently enjoy a bottle of wine with dinner and since I was playing a great deal of golf in France at the time, we favored French wine. While in Australia, I did try many Aussie wines, but they were not nearly as popul... Read more
Greg's Wine Preferences I was first introduced to wine and the appreciation of a good bottle of wine back in the 70s when I started playing professional golf in Europe. I would frequently enjoy a bottle of wine with dinner and since I was playing a great deal of golf in France at the time, we favored French wine. While in Australia, I did try many Aussie wines, but they were not nearly as popular as they are today. I drank Californian wine very infrequently, as I was not a regular in the States. Now, however, it seems all I drink are varietals from Australia or California, as I tend to enjoy their qualities better than wines from other countries. One of my favorite wines is the Australian Reserve Shiraz. It has such a deep, intense flavor, filled with tannins that are pronounced but not overbearing, and a hint of blueberry. Zinfandel is also a personal favorite, and the new Lake County Zinfandel has the spicy, red fruit character style that I particularly enjoy. Only after many years of experimenting with wines from all over the world have I come to understand the characteristics that I most enjoy. In my Chardonnays, I prefer a less dry, less heavy wine with more oak flavor to it. I find that most California and Australian Chardonnays possess this quality. For this reason, I wanted the style of my new Santa Barbara County Chardonnay to be alive with fruit flavors and pair well with many foods. Many people assume that I prefer Australian wine above all others, because that is where Greg Norman Estates originated, but it isn't true. For me it depends on the situation, menu choice and mood. I am more of a casual wine drinker, rather than an intense wine connoisseur, and therefore I drink whatever wine I have a desire for at that moment. Read less

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Snooth User: Tr3y
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02/22/2009

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The North Coast appellation, which covers Napa, Sonoma and Lake counties, is renowned for the depth and richness of its Cabernet Sauvignon. Having access to a larger region offers the winemaker the luxury to choose the best grapes in order to create a balanced wine with lush fruit and firm tannins.The grapes were crushed and fermented an average of seven to 10 days. Pump-overs three times a day helped extract color and tannins. After fermentation, Ron aged the wine for 16 months in one- and two-year-old French oak barrels to round out the firm tannins and add complexity and depth of flavors.It has deep, rich flavors of blueberry and ripe black currant, and a nice velvety mouthfeel. It finishes out with discrete notes of sweet oak and a touch of mint.

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