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Forefathers 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon


The concept for the Forefathers 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley, Lone Tree Vineyard is simple; 100% single vineyard, 100% single variety, and 100% single appellation.  The basis of this concept is that the philosophy of Goldschmidt Vineyards for their Forefathers line of wines is that one vineyard site could not possibly produce great Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz, which are the three wines they love to make.  For that reason Forefathers has selected Marlborough in New Zealand for the Sauvignon Blanc, McLaren Vale in South Australia for the Shiraz, and Alexander Valley in California for the Cabernet Sauvignon.  The vineyards are selected for the ultra premium quality wines that can be produced from these sites without further blending. We recently purchased the Cabernet which offers quality as soon as it reaches the mouth.  The Alexander Valley location is perfect in that it allows the grapes to mature in the morning sun with cooler temps, rather than the hot afternoon sun which provides longer hang time resulting in complex richness. The wine has an intriguing floral bouquet with a hint of vanilla. A big full body wine with lots of ripe dark berry flavors, a smooth silky mouth feel, and soft tannins complete the taste of this quality Cabernet.  This wine is priced around $45, but I was able to purchase around the $30 price point.  A wine that is very approachable now, but can certainly rest in the cellar for a few years if you prefer to allow it to rest a bit.

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