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2013 WineSmith Wines & Consulting WineSmith Wines, WineSmith Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon Lake County CA
SRP: $50 Bottle / $600 case of 12
1-27 Cases Landed Profit Margin: 56.19%
28+ Cases Landed Profit Margin: 59.85%
FOB Profit Margin: 65.50%
Diamond Ridge Vineyards is located at the southeast corner of Clear Lake in Lake County. This remarkable site enjoys a cooling lake effect due to its close proximity to water. Its 2,000-foot altitude and clean, traffic-free air allow the sun bathe its fifteen clones of Cabernet Sauvignon in high UV, resulting in brilliant color, firm tannins and rich fruit aromas. Clone 15 is characterized by rich black cherry aromas and substantial tannins, while Clone 4 contributes finesse and brightness. Diamond Ridge Vineyard’s stony volcanic soil imparts energetic mineral energy and surprising longevity. Accordingly, the wine was allowed 60 months in 20-year old neutral French oak which developed seductive tobacco nuances greatly enhanced its complexity, adding elements of mysterious and intriguing “come hither” aromatics. The mouth possesses a rich, generous core of black cherry and a lively mineral finish. Tannin structure, once quite hard, has evolved to a pleasant roundness: velvety on the back palate but still with a firm grip up front, indicating both drinkability and further aging potential of perhaps a decade but entirely enjoyable right now. While certainly a peppered steak would be suitable, you really must try it with grilled duck breast.
Fanciful Name: WineSmith Wines, WineSmith Cellars
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
Region/AVA: Lake County
Annual Production: 220 cases
Country Of Origin: United States
Bottle Size: 750
Bottles Per Case: 12
Closure Type: Cork and Capsule