2012 LA BELLE ENDORMIE (SLEEPING BEAUTY)Wine Match Special Selection

45% Cabernet Sauvignon Blend
Oak Cliff Cellars

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WINE DETAILS
retail price: $55.00
club price: $44.00
available:Yes
cases:261
formats: 750mL
released:Oct 1, 2014
date profiled:Jun 2, 2015
region:Northern California
AVA:Lake County - Californ ... Lake County - California
vineyards:Wild Diamond
estate fruit:No
single vineyard: Yes
brix at harvest:Blended
alcohol:14.5%
fined:No
filtered:Yes
oak type:100% French  
oak barrels:50% New  
oak aging: 12 Months  
 
varietal%AVAclone
cabernet sauvignon 45% Lake County - California
merlot 35% Lake County - California
cabernet franc 20% Lake County - California
 
ships to: AZ CA DC FL IL LA MN NM TX NY VA
 
Winemaker Bruce Regalia Notes
When we started Oak Cliff Cellars just over 5 years ago, we did so with the clear intention of not making a Cabernet or Cabernet-based blend for one simple reason: the sea of Cabs and Cab blends is very large and would be one in which a fledgling, very small winery such as ours would be at a major disadvantage for being able to stay afloat and be recognized and even stand out among the many outstanding Cabs and Cab-blends currently being made. For that reason, we started out by making lesser known varietals, such as Zin and Petite Sirah, that would give us better odds at making our mark early. (Besides, we like those two varietals a lot ourselves.) But as our fan base has grown, we increasingly get the question, “So do you have a cabe ...more... rnet?” or “When are you going to make a cabernet?” In 2012, we decided to make a Cabernet-based, Bordeaux style blend – in part, to please our fans, and, in part, to see what we could do. This blend La Belle Endormie (Sleeping Beauty) was made with fruit from the Wild Diamond Vineyard in Lake County and strikes us as being quite remarkable for a first effort: raspberry, cranberry, a little blackberry, minerals, pencil shavings, vanilla, coffee and toffee with great structure, full bodied, very long finish. It is still a very young wine so can sleep for a while, but even now, if awakened gently and decanted for a while before serving, is a beautiful wine indeed.
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