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Lancaster Estate Red Bordeaux Blend Alexander Valley 1999

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1999 Lancaster Estate Red Wine Winemaker's Notes 1999 Lancaster is a complex, layered wine, revealing concentrated currant and black plum notes, a graceful texture and a polished finish. The Estate Merlot, which showed particular concentration and depth in this vintage, featured prominently in the blend. A large portion of Cabernet Sauvignon added structure and palate length, while Cabernet Franc provided aromatic high notes. Aging for 22 months in small French oak barrels (58% new) contributed depth and fully harmonized the flavors. 5,700 cases produced. 1999 Vintage The 1999 vintage was, by all accounts, outstanding for red wines in Sonoma County. Budbreak arrived several weeks late, and moderate temperatures persisted throughout the summer. Brief warm periods in July and early August, and warm dry weather in autumn, brought the grapes to textbook physiological ripeness. Harvest lasted for more than two months, allowing ideal hang-time for each variety. Composition & Analysis 59% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc Total acid 0.60%, pH 3.54, Alcohol, by volume 14.2% 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

Member Reviews for Lancaster Estate Red Bordeaux Blend Alexander Valley

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Snooth User: mynewego
1281343
4.00 5
01/28/2009

Cloud of dark cherry, cassis, and plum with a touch of sweaty socks. fairly complex on the palate, again quite a bit of cassis and dark fruit. finish is long yet firm, with a black pepper kicker.


Snooth User: Jason W
3082832
2.00 5
08/28/2007

Two glasses



1999 Lancaster Estate Red Wine Winemaker's Notes 1999 Lancaster is a complex, layered wine, revealing concentrated currant and black plum notes, a graceful texture and a polished finish. The Estate Merlot, which showed particular concentration and depth in this vintage, featured prominently in the blend. A large portion of Cabernet Sauvignon added structure and palate length, while Cabernet Franc provided aromatic high notes. Aging for 22 months in small French oak barrels (58% new) contributed depth and fully harmonized the flavors. 5,700 cases produced. 1999 Vintage The 1999 vintage was, by all accounts, outstanding for red wines in Sonoma County. Budbreak arrived several weeks late, and moderate temperatures persisted throughout the summer. Brief warm periods in July and early August, and warm dry weather in autumn, brought the grapes to textbook physiological ripeness. Harvest lasted for more than two months, allowing ideal hang-time for each variety. Composition & Analysis 59% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc Total acid 0.60%, pH 3.54, Alcohol, by volume 14.2% PDF (172K)

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