Lancaster Estate Red Bordeaux Blend Alexander Valley 1996

Winemaker's Notes:

1996 Lancaster Estate Red Wine Winemaker's Notes Our 1996 vintage is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Red currant and boysenberry aromas and flavors are underscored by a fruit-forward palate-all supported by the fine tannins that characterize fruit from our hillside vineyard. Aging in small, French oak barrels imparted notes of toast and spice. 650 cases produced. 1996 Vintage In 1996, spring rains in the North Coast led to a notable decrease in vineyard yields. The cool spring temperatures opened to a hot summer, promoting early maturation and an unusually short harvest window. Composition & Analysis 48% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc PDf (172K)

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Lancaster Estate:
Lancaster Estate remains true to the founding vision of Proprietor Ted Simpkins. We are a family owned winery, dedicated to crafting wines that are Estate grown, bottled, and produced. In 1995, we purchased the former Maacama Creek Winery and its surrounding vineyard and gave the Estate our family name, “Lancaster.” We were attracted to the site’s abundant hillsides, knowing that their diverse... Read more
Lancaster Estate remains true to the founding vision of Proprietor Ted Simpkins. We are a family owned winery, dedicated to crafting wines that are Estate grown, bottled, and produced. In 1995, we purchased the former Maacama Creek Winery and its surrounding vineyard and gave the Estate our family name, “Lancaster.” We were attracted to the site’s abundant hillsides, knowing that their diverse elevations, aspects and slopes would provide a wide range of micro-climates from which we could produce wines of intensity and concentrated varietal character. We craft Estate grown, bottled and produced wines that honor and reflect their origins. Our commitment to cultivating our land’s expression through an integrated approach to winegrowing ensures that our wines consistently retain a definitive richness of character. As a result, we produce wines which are singularly identifiable as Lancaster Estate. The Estate is located at the southernmost tip of Alexander Valley, and includes 53 hillside acres of vineyard surrounding the winery. Situated near the confluence of the Knights Valley and Chalk Hill appellations, this location offers a great diversity of soils and micro-climates and the optimum growing conditions for Bordeaux varieties. Our Estate is uniquely blessed with warm days and cool nights, and a longer growing season than other Cabernet-driven appellations. As a result, our wines express their rich, ripe flavors with bright vibrancy and balance. The property consists of 24 vineyard blocks that are sub-divided into 27 distinct sub-blocks. The vineyard is planted exclusively to the classic Bordeaux varieties—Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot. Tasting Room Tastings and Private Tour and Tastings are available, Monday - Saturday by appointment, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. *Beginning Sunday, April 18, we will be open every day through November. We recommend advance notice as space is very limited. Please note, we cannot accommodate groups larger than 6 people without prior notice. Read less

1996 Lancaster Estate Red Wine Winemaker's Notes Our 1996 vintage is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Red currant and boysenberry aromas and flavors are underscored by a fruit-forward palate-all supported by the fine tannins that characterize fruit from our hillside vineyard. Aging in small, French oak barrels imparted notes of toast and spice. 650 cases produced. 1996 Vintage In 1996, spring rains in the North Coast led to a notable decrease in vineyard yields. The cool spring temperatures opened to a hot summer, promoting early maturation and an unusually short harvest window. Composition & Analysis 48% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc PDf (172K)

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