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Cedar Mountain Red Bordeaux Blend Livermore Valley Duet 2008

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Cedar Mountain is a Livermore icon: not only do Earl and Linda Ault make their own wine, at about 4K cases, they also handle winemaking duties and bottling for several well known and up and coming wineries in the area. Consequently, they can get some great fruit from pretty much anywhere they want. This 50/50 Bordeaux duo is a great example of how well these two varieties can play together. It kind of reminds me of Earl and Linda: both intense individuals with the ability to play a joint lead role in whatever they do. They manage to gracefully share the stage very nicely despite their strong, singular personalities. If you ever have the chance to visit their winery, you will be amazed at their artwork collection: the thing is, Earl created all of it. And Linda did the décor to match. It is so them. More on that later. Meanwhile, there are the fine wines Earl makes when he’s not painting watercolors, or the winery barn.This two-fisted Bordeaux style wine is at the same time deep and dark and mysterious, and yet beautifully opaque, ruby red and totally approachable. It packs a potent set of punches. First, it hits you in the nose with its undeniably <i>Bordeauxness</i>: big wood, pepper and cigar box. Then it wafts over your palate with dark cherries, ripe, ripe raspberries, heavy cigar box, sandalwood and spicy pepper. I detected something like chile-laced cinnamon chocolate on the back end, which was delightful. This is an oak-lover’s wine, to be sure, and it wants New York steak or rib eye with double-baked potato. This wine could use a year or so of aging, which would make it even more enjoyable. However, it’s very enjoyable right now, so why wait?(Alc: 14.8%, Retail: $22)

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Cedar Mountain Winery:
CEDAR MOUNTAIN WINERY was established in the Livermore Valley in 1990. Earl & Linda Ault bought their property at 7000 Tesla Rd in 1988, at the time the entire vineyard was Chenin Blanc vines. In 1989 they grafted the Chenin Blanc vineyard to a mixture of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. The first CMW release was the 1990 Estate Chardonnay. The same year they made a small lot of Cabernet Sauv... Read more
CEDAR MOUNTAIN WINERY was established in the Livermore Valley in 1990. Earl & Linda Ault bought their property at 7000 Tesla Rd in 1988, at the time the entire vineyard was Chenin Blanc vines. In 1989 they grafted the Chenin Blanc vineyard to a mixture of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. The first CMW release was the 1990 Estate Chardonnay. The same year they made a small lot of Cabernet Sauvignon, which was released in 1993. Recently in 2005 they grafted some of the Chardonnay to Sauvignon Blanc and released their first estate Sauvignon Blanc in early 2007. Cedar Mountain is rapidly gaining national attention for their Gold Medal Cabernet Sauvignons and Ports. These wines are available in fine restaurants, wine shops, directly from the winery tasting room and online or by mail order. The Aults believe that quality wines begin with the grapes in the vineyard. The Winery specializes primarily in Livermore grown and produced wine. They produce Estate Chardonnay, Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Estate Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Duet (a Cabernet/ Merlot blend), as well as nationally recognized Port wines from their very own vineyard and from the Sierra Foothills. Cedar Mountain produces roughly 10,000 cases annually. Read less

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Vintage: 2004 10/16/2008

Cedar Mountain is a Livermore icon: not only do Earl and Linda Ault make their own wine, at about 4K cases, they also handle winemaking duties and bottling for several well known and up and coming wineries in the area. Consequently, they can get some great fruit from pretty much anywhere they want. This 50/50 Bordeaux duo is a great example of how well these two varieties can play together. It kind of reminds me of Earl and Linda: both intense individuals with the ability to play a joint lead role in whatever they do. They manage to gracefully share the stage very nicely despite their strong, singular personalities. If you ever have the chance to visit their winery, you will be amazed at their artwork collection: the thing is, Earl created all of it. And Linda did the décor to match. It is so them. More on that later. Meanwhile, there are the fine wines Earl makes when he’s not painting watercolors, or the winery barn.This two-fisted Bordeaux style wine is at the same time deep and dark and mysterious, and yet beautifully opaque, ruby red and totally approachable. It packs a potent set of punches. First, it hits you in the nose with its undeniably <i>Bordeauxness</i>: big wood, pepper and cigar box. Then it wafts over your palate with dark cherries, ripe, ripe raspberries, heavy cigar box, sandalwood and spicy pepper. I detected something like chile-laced cinnamon chocolate on the back end, which was delightful. This is an oak-lover’s wine, to be sure, and it wants New York steak or rib eye with double-baked potato. This wine could use a year or so of aging, which would make it even more enjoyable. However, it’s very enjoyable right now, so why wait?(Alc: 14.8%, Retail: $22)



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