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The Calling Cabernet Sauvignon Rio Lago Vineyard 2011
"Deep burgundy in color and full-bodied, this impressive Cabernet Sauvignon presents bramble fruit on the nose with hints of sage, smoke and raspberry. Soft, well-integrated tannins and a velvety texture combine with a dense palate of forest floor, tobacco with a lingering finish of a dark raspberry. Grapes were hand sorted and gently crushed. Native yeast was used for fermentation and the wine underwent malolactic fermentation in the barrel. After primary fermentation the wine went through an extended maceration period to soften the tannins. After 22 months aging the wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered." - taken from winery website
RiceSelect's creamy Arborio gets blended with sweet potato, coconut milk and vanilla to create this decadent cheesecake. Pairs well with Saunternes; a white dessert wine that has hints of coconut from aging in oak barrels.
External Reviews for The Calling Cabernet Sauvignon Rio Lago Vineyard
The Calling is a collaboration between Jim Nantz the famous golf and sports commentator (who also happens to be a HUGE wine enthusiast) and importer Peter Deutsch. The Calling sources prime grapes from the Rio Lago Vineyard. The Rio Lago Vineyard in the Alexander Valley sits above the valley floor alongside nearly 700 feet of Russian River frontage. The Alexander Valley’s surrounding hillsides block the coastal fogs that cover much of Sonoma County on summer mornings, allowing this vineyard to keep a little warmer than some of the neighboring appellations. However, gentle coastal breezes manage to find their way between the hillsides to cool the region in the evening. This climate, combined with well-drained, gravelly soils help the region produce some of the finest Cabernet Sauvignon grapes in California. 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and a 3% blend of Merlot, Malbec, and Petit Verdot were hand sorted and gently crushed. Native yeast was used for fermentation After primary fermentation the wine went through an extended maceration period to soften the tannins. It was then aged 20 months in 60% new oak barrels and bottled unfined and unfiltered.
It was serendipity that brought Emmy Award winning sports commentator Jim Nantz and wine industry entrepreneur Peter Deutsch together. Theirs has been a hands-on collaboration. Jim and Peter worked closely with renowned winemaker Marco DiGiulio on every step of the winemaking process, from vineyard to bottle.
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