2010 Cabernet Sauvignon
Another De Angelis Wine bottled in mid-May 2012 is now available. This wine was released on January 1, 2013. This Cabernet Sauvignon will be the first De Angelis Wines Cabernet Sauvignon available to the general public since the esteemed 2004 vintage. (The 2009 vintage sold out while still in barrel.) This 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon was developed predominantly from Cabernet Sauvignon fruit from the Dry Creek Vineyard in Paso Robles, CA, the property on which our winery is located. It is Cabernet Sauvignon blended with small amounts of estate Merlot, and non- estate Cabernet Franc.
The fruit for this wine was picked on October 10th, 2011, and processed that day. The Brix was 24°, the pH 3.57, and the Total Acidity 0.77. Two separate fermentations were carried out to completion. One with yeast that promotes jam, cedar and mild spiciness flavors, and another that promotes intense foremouth volume, mid-palate and fresh after taste. Following fermentation, these two lots were pressed, then combined, and barreled.
The resultant wine is a 14.1% classic Cabernet, that exhibits wonderful fruit both on the nose and in the mouth, a terrific mouthfeel, spice, and a long finish, spice and. This wine was aged in both Hungarian and French oak barrels for 18 months, and allowed to develop slowly. Twenty five percent of the barrels were re-coopered and re-toasted to our specifications. De Angelis Wines does not enjoy heavy oak flavors. Consequently, the remaining barrels were selected to provide only modest oak flavors.
From the time this wine was in barrel, it was clear that this wine would be a very fine representation of a Cabernet Sauvignon. It was blended and bottled in May of 2012, and aged in bottle for seven additional months. This wine, along with the 2010 Pinot Noir, is one of the first wines to sport the newly re-designed De Angelis Wines label.
This wine has a 100% hit rate as far as presentations to wine shops and restaurants are concerned. All who tasted, our 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon purchased it.
A great Cabernet Sauvignon that expresses this variety perfectly. .
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2009 Cabernet Sauvignon
This 2009 wine was to be our first Cabernet Sauvignon that we have made for ourselves in 6 years. The fruit was from our winery vineyard – Dry Creek Vineyard – and was Estate designated. Something happened on the way to bottling this wine. A large winery in Northern California tasted it, and bought all of it! We sold our 6 barrels as well as another 1740 gallons that we made for others. The 2010 and 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon from the same vineyard is are aging nicley in oak barrels. The 2010 should be released in 2012 and the 2011 in 2013. Stay tuned!