Featured Wine - Crystal Basin Cellars

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2008 Petit Verdot & 2009 Cabernet Franc

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Wine Description

Discounted Wines of the Week

This week's promotion offers special, powerful red wines that are priced to be enjoyed many times a week.  Our promotion offers a rare chance to try 2 unique varietals on their own – they are consistently one of Crystal Basin Cellars favorites:

  • 4-Pak of Red wine: 2 bottles of Cabernet Franc and 2 bottles of Petit Verdot for $69 plus shipping - retail price is $102
  • 4-Pak shipping Fee is $18 to all authorized ship-to states listed in the Shipping Section
  • See SHIPPING Policy for list of states Crystal Basin Cellars ships to

Both the Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc are intense fruit forward styles of wine that are smooth as silk and an elegant example of wine that stands up nicely to a food pairing with Wild Bill's "Hatch Chile" Corn Casserole.

2009 Cabernet Franc El Dorado 'Reserve'

417 case production

  • Gold Medal and Best of Class of Region 2011 El Dorado County Fair

This wine is made in a minimalist winemaking style following traditional methods; as well this wine shows aromas of lavender, violets and rose petals along with a rich black cherry backbone.

Often used for blending, our Cabernet Franc is far better on its own – it is consistently one of Crystal Basin Cellars favorites. Previous vintages of Crystal Basin Cellars Cabernet Franc have won numerous major awards in wine competitions and this one should prove to be no exception.

This wine will benefit from a bit of time in the bottle to mellow the tannins and transform the intense fruit forward style of the wine to a smooth as silk elegant example of this right bank Bordeaux classic. This Cabernet Franc should peak 18 to 24 months after release and last for over 5 years in your cellar.

2008 Petit Verdot El Dorado 'Reserve'

92 case production

Petit Verdot creates a "spice box" element with dense fruit, dark color, powerful flavors, and a cedary-pencil shavings nose. This tasty wine us occasionally, but rarely bottled anywhere as a stand-alone varietal, which we think is too bad for all those other winemakers out there! Since this grape ripens late, its availability can be limited due to October rains in El Dorado County!

Tasting Notes

Indie Winemakers' Tasting Notes

Our mission is to provide unbiased opinions of the wine being offered. These notes come from up to 10 guests who tasted this wine in a blind tasting format (wine is concealed so their identity is unknown). Why this format? Tasting blind completely throws out any hype associated with a certain winery, style, price point, etc; it forces the taster to accept what is in the glass without any predetermined notions. Our guests utilize Robert Parker's Glossary of Wine Terms for their comments for consistency purposes. In addition, we utilize the wine aroma wheel to enhance one’s ability to describe the complexity of wine flavor. Notes are posted on this wine during the tasting to ensure they accurately reflect the impressions.

Tasting Notes - 2009 Cabernet Franc El Dorado 'Reserve'

Indie Winemakers' Tasting Notes

Our tasting notes include sight, aromatics and palate. For more information, see our Tasting Techniques.

  • Sight: This wine is clear, medium dark red in color with great color intensity.
  • Aromatics: Blackberry and cassis with clean red fruit and cranberry flavors wraped around firm tannins.
  • Palate: This wine is full-bodied and food friendly with firm tannins and nice acidity.
  • Note: This Cabernet Franc is a great cellar aging wine and should drink exceptionally well for the next 5 years.

Tasting Notes - 2008 Petit Verdot El Dorado 'Reserve'

  • Sight: A beautiful deep rich burgundy color.
  • Aromatics: Pronounced floral bouquet with fruit flavors of plums and hints of cedar and licorice.
  • Palate: a smooth tannic structure, moderately full bodied on the palate and a clean lingering finish.

Technical Data

Vintage Description

2009 Cabernet Franc El Dorado 'Reserve'

Source: Gold Hill Vineyard and Sauber Vineyard, El Dorado County
Harvest Date: Sept 29, 2009 / Oct 25, 2009
Brix at Harvest: 28.5 & 25.5
Time in Barrel: 18 months
Type of Oak: Neutral French & American
Alcohol: 15.5%
Bottled: April 21, 2011
Production: 417 cases

Winemaker's Notes: 2009 marked the 14th harvest of one of Crystal Basin Cellars flagship wines. Cabernet Franc is primarily from the Gold Hill Vineyard in El Dorado County which overlooks the American River Canyon. The vineyard enjoys warm days and cooling breezes at night. This micro-climate allows an optimal ripening cycle and showcases a glowing example of the intense flavors possible from the Sierra Foothills Cabernet Franc grapes. The Sauber Vineyard is on the southern end of El Dorado County and has perfect ripening conditions and acclimation for Cab Franc.

This wine is made in a minimalist winemaking style following traditional methods; as well this wine shows aromas of lavender, violets and rose petals along with a rich black cherry backbone.

Often used for blending, our Cabernet Franc is far better on its own – it is consistently one of Crystal Basin Cellars favorites. Previous vintages of Crystal Basin Cellars Cabernet Franc have won numerous major awards in wine competitions and this one should prove to be no exception.

This wine will benefit from a bit of time in the bottle to mellow the tannins and transform the intense fruit forward style of the wine to a smooth as silk elegant example of this right bank Bordeaux classic. This Cabernet Franc should peak 18 to 24 months after release and last for over 5 years in your cellar.


2008 Petit Verdot El Dorado 'Reserve'

Source: Duarte Vineyard, El Dorado County
Harvest Date: October 13, 2008
Brix at Harvest: 26.5
Time in Barrel: 18 months
Type of Oak: Neutral French & American
Alcohol: 15.3%
Bottled: April 14, 2010
Production: 92 cases

Winemaker's Notes: Petit Verdot creates a "spice box" element with dense fruit, dark color, powerful flavors, and a cedary-pencil shavings nose. This tasty wine us occasionally, but rarely bottled anywhere as a stand-alone varietal, which we think is too bad for all those other winemakers out there! Since this grape ripens late, its availability can be limited due to October rains in El Dorado County!

Petit Verdot has characteristics that fall somewhere between Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. The fruit of this wine jumps out of the glass with heavy scents of jammy violets, velvety soft tannins and follows with a full mid-palette and a long seductive finish that you will not soon forget.

Petit Verdot is a varietal native to the Bordeaux region and is famous for adding color and backbone to blends. It is a component of our Triumphant blend and we think it makes a lovely wine all on its own!

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