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2019 Isabel Cabernet Sauvignon

2019 Isabel Cabernet Sauvignon
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Cabernet Sauvignon is one of most well-known wine varietals, growing almost anywhere. Our Isabel Cabernet Sauvignon is produced exclusively with fruit from the Rasmussen Vineyard in Calaveras County. These vines have benefitted from the warm, dry weather and rocky soil of Calaveras County. Once harvested, the wine is aged for three years in new American oak barrels after being cold soaked before fermentation. The care taken with both the fruit and the winemaking is what sets our Cabernet Sauvignon apart.

Wine Specs
Cabernet Sauvignon
Vineyard Designation
Rasmussen Vineyard
Harvest Date
Fall 2020
Bottling Date
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
The color of this wine is a beautiful claret - nice and clear. This is an elegant, slightly lighter version of this varietal. It is similar to a great Bordeaux, and like many of us, gets better with age. We love the hints of sour cherry and currants that nicely balance out the black licorice flavor. You may also encounter something more herbal like dill or green peppercorns. As you finish your first glass, you'll notice a bit of toasty vanilla which is thanks to the new oak barrels.
Vineyard Notes
The Isabel Cabernet is grown exclusively for Hovey Winery by Ginger and Clayton Rasmussen at their vineyard just east of Angels Camp, California. This boutique vineyard is tightly controlled; we monitor the environment to get the highest yield.
Production Notes
This fruit is picked early in the morning so the juice stays nice and cool. After being destemmed and crushed, the fruit ferments for 15-20 days under controlled temperatures to slow down the fermentation. This wine is fermented until it is "bone dry" meaning no residual sugars remain. We age our Cabernet Sauvignon in a mix of American oak barrels to give it both flavor and texture (40% new and 60% old).
Winemaker Notes
The wine is cold soaked before fermentation and racked into American oak barrels, and is aged for least 24 months months prior to bottling. This wine ready to drink today and will age gracefully for three to five years.
Food Pairing Notes
We suggest a pairing of baked brie and crusty baguette, or perhaps a classic pasta cacio y pepe. Or our Caprese Steak if you're really in the mood for something substantial but fresh.

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Bill McAleavey
(Jun 16, 2024 at 4:33 PM)
We enjoyed this wine so much that we are saving our bottles for a very special occasion. 5 stars!!

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