2015 G. & C. Lurton, Trinité Estate, Acaibo Red, Sonoma County, California, USA

2015 G. & C. Lurton, Trinité Estate, Acaibo Red, Sonoma County, California, USA

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2015 G. & C. Lurton, Trinité Estate, Acaibo Red, Sonoma County, California, USA

Description

Linear and tight with generosity and fine-grained tannins with lots of subtle blackberries, hazelnuts and dried flowers. So supple. Lovely now.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (Aug 2019)

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Wine Advocate93/100
James Suckling95/100
Decanter94/100
Wine Advocate93/100
A blend of 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc and 6% Merlot, the 2015 Trinite Estate Acaibo is medium to deep ruby-purple and opens with a fair bit of Brettanomyces character, with scents of horse sweat, cast-iron pan, beef drippings, cedar and graphite with bitter chocolate, dried herbs and a classy frame of new oak spice. Medium to full-bodied, it's minerally in the mouth with a great fruit core, firm, pleasantly chewy tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long and layered. So classic!

Drink 2020 - 2032

Erin Brooks, Wine Advocate (Dec 2019) Read more
James Suckling95/100
Linear and tight with generosity and fine-grained tannins with lots of subtle blackberries, hazelnuts and dried flowers. So supple. Lovely now.

James Suckling, jamessuckling.com (Aug 2019) Read more
Decanter94/100
The second year where the Lurtons were able to make a fully estate wine with no bought in grapes, and in their own winery building. This is rich and smooth, with elongated tannins and a clear precision in the playing off of different elements – the blueberry and bilberry flavours are vibrant and generous, set in relief against eucalyptus, charred oak and a fresh current of acidity. Organically farmed, hugely promising of what can be achieved on this site. 74% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc.

Jane Anson, Decanter.com (Oct 2018) Read more

About this WINE

G. & C. Lurton Trinite Estate

G. & C. Lurton Trinite Estate

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Sonoma County

Sonoma County

North Coast's Sonoma County is California's largest AVA with 19,800 ha (2005) of vines. It has forever been the home of the meek and mild small grower as compared to the grandeur and might of neighbour Napa; more picturesque too, as much of the sandy, gravely loam land belonged to true orchards and fruit farms until the 1970s.

Sonoma Valley covers a small part of Sonoma County but its wines often outshine its illustrious neighbours in Napa County. Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Cabernet Sauvignon are cultivated here with much success. Sonoma Valley has long enjoyed a special place in the history of California wine. The first vineyards in the valley were planted by Franciscan monks in 1823. In 1857 Agoston Haraszthy, one of the founding fathers of California's commercial winemaking, opened here the highly successful Buena Vista Winery.

Closer to the coast are the region's top producing AVAs for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay: Russian River, Sonoma Coast and Green Valley, while the slightly warmer Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys have earned a reputation as a hotspot for Cabernet, and increasingly, Zinfandel and Merlot.

Recommended producers
Ridge, Teira, Williams & Selyem, Rochioli are definitely worth investigating.

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Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cab.Sauvignon Blend

Cabernet Sauvignon lends itself particularly well in blends with Merlot. This is actually the archetypal Bordeaux blend, though in different proportions in the sub-regions and sometimes topped up with Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

In the Médoc and Graves the percentage of Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend can range from 95% (Mouton-Rothschild) to as low as 40%. It is particularly suited to the dry, warm, free- draining, gravel-rich soils and is responsible for the redolent cassis characteristics as well as the depth of colour, tannic structure and pronounced acidity of Médoc wines. However 100% Cabernet Sauvignon wines can be slightly hollow-tasting in the middle palate and Merlot with its generous, fleshy fruit flavours acts as a perfect foil by filling in this cavity.

In St-Emilion and Pomerol, the blends are Merlot dominated as Cabernet Sauvignon can struggle to ripen there - when it is included, it adds structure and body to the wine. Sassicaia is the most famous Bordeaux blend in Italy and has spawned many imitations, whereby the blend is now firmly established in the New World and particularly in California and  Australia.

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