Country : USA
Region : California, Central Coast
Style : Red Wine
Grape : Cabernet Sauvignon
Volume : 750 ml
Alcohol : 13.50%
Ripe blackcurrant and wild berry fruit on the nose complimented sweet vanilla oak. Rich cassis and black cherry fruit on the palate with a soft, juicy, yet long finish. Framed by the subtle American oak.
Almost any red meat, especially served rare, is going to do the trick.
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The Story behind the Wine :
The ‘Man with the Ax’ is the nickname for the King of Diamonds in Poker-parlance, and in California, Cabernet is undoubtedly ‘King’. Rich cassis fruit and a good lick of oak make this a plush, easy-drinking example of why it is so highly prized.
The Showdown range is inspired by the Poker nicknames of different cards, beginning with a Cabernet Sauvignon from California where “Cab is King”. Since then, the range has expanded to show both typical Californian varieties and the more unusual cultivars found in the region, all under contemporary, playing card inspired labels.
This wine is sourced from vineyards in the northern part of California’s Central Valley. The region around Lodi and Manteca enjoys significant influence from San Joaquin and Sacramento river deltas, which act as a natural cooling system to the often-searing heat. The effect is to provide freshness to the ripe, fruit charged Cabernet grapes. Individual Cabernet blocks are vinified separately and then blended to produce a wine which reflects the right balance between fruit and structure. The wine then spends 6 months in oak to provide a broad frame for this rich wine.