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Drawbridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
California

Giant (1956)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11 @ 04:30 PM (ET)

Rich and earthy, this Cabernet strikes the same notes as the classic melodrama. James Dean’s last film, it also stars Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson. The movie tells the story of a Texas ranching family as it struggles to adapt to changing times. This robust Cabernet and its ripe flavors pairs perfectly with this full-force drama brimming with both romance and conflict.

THE WINE

California’s world-class Cabs can compete with the best from Bordeaux and beyond, but they often cost a pretty penny – especially now. 2017 is yet another exceptional vintage, and demand for these top-notch wines is higher than ever. But thanks to the great connections our California expert has, we were able to secure this rich Cabernet Sauvignon at a friendly price. From a leading grape-growing family and prime-sited vineyards across the Golden State, it boasts a history of gold-medal acclaim and brims with ripe, black-fruit flavor and chocolatey oak notes.

THE GRAPE

Cabernet is the king of the reds, loved for its deepcolored, black currant-rich wines. Most famously, it’s the variety that powers Bordeaux’s legendary first growths, like Château Lafite and Château Margaux. However, you’ll also find plenty of world-class examples in California. The best known (and expensive) reds come from the Napa Valley and Sonoma, but there are many hot spots across the Golden State that deliver big bang for your buck.

THE VINTAGE

GI_grapes_Spain_CabernetThe good news keeps on coming for fans of California wine. Following a string of fantastic years from 2012 to 2016, the Golden State had another great harvest in 2017. After years of drought, the vines were replenished by much-needed winter rains before enjoying a long, hot summer that ripened the fruit to perfection. Wine Enthusiast says it best: “California’s 2017 vintage is excellent.”

WITH FOOD

burg_cheeseandfriesWith its firm tannins and dark berry flavors, Cabernet’s a classic partner for beef, from prime cuts of steak to juicy burgers. With its rich, ripe fruit character, this top-vintage red pairs well with a variety of burger ‘fixins,’ from bacon and barbecue sauce to creamy blue cheese and caramelized onion. If meat’s not on the menu, it’ll do just as well with hearty, tomato-sauced pastas.

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