2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Rogue Valley : Belle Vallée Cellars : Corvallis, Oregon USA

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Belle Vallée (Beautiful Valley) Cellars is located in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Their 18,000 sq ft. winery is located in downtown Corvallis, which is considered to be the heart of the Willamette Valley. The facility is designed to produce twenty thousand (20,000) cases of quality wine per year. Winemaker, Joseph Wright, has worked with many of the vineyard managers over the years, and has developed a great familiarity with the fruit they selectively contract. Joe’s style is to blend the wines by obtaining grapes from a variety of top locations within Oregon. This approach helps build complex wines with depth and character beyond the reach of a single vineyard. The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon is sourced from 100% Cabernet from predominantly Lakeside Vineyard in the Rogue Valley. After fermentation the wine was aged for 15 months in Hungarian and French oak (65% new). The wine is dark, firm, and beautifully structured in the glass. It offers anise, black cherry and mocha aromas. Upon tasting, there is robust mid-palate weight, accompanied by a dark, earthy depth and structure. The wine has a long, smooth finish with caramel, smoke and molasses notes. Prime drinking window is between 2010 and 2015. Only 367 cases produced.

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