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Limited Release Winexpert Eclipse Bourbon Barrel Zin-Cab

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Limited Release Winexpert Eclipse Bourbon Barrel Zin-Cab

SKU: 42717

A robust blend of Zinfandel and Cabernet enhanced by the addition of oak chips from authentic Kentucky Bourbon Barrels. Inviting toasty notes on the nose lead to flavors of jammy blackberry, cherry and plum. Bourbon nuances of toasted vanilla, spice and a hint of caramel provide for a long, smooth finish. This Eclipse Bourbon Barrel Zinfandel Cabernet follows a unique oaking process to create a subtle depth. Add this unique Limited Release to your cellar before it is gone.

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The Region

Dry Creek Valley is a premium winegrowing region in northern Sonoma County, California. World renowned for its Zinfandel, blocks of old-vines mark the area, many having survived prohibition when many vines were removed. You won’t find any traffic lights in Dry Creek Valley, but you will find fertile soil and ideal growing conditions.

Food Pairing

Keep it casual with gourmet burgers topped with roasted tomatoes, red peppers and caramelized onions or take it up a notch with well-marbled grilled rib steak and sauteed mushrooms.

Specs

  • Category: Red

  • Size: 18 L

  • Yield: 23 L

  • Ready Time: 8 Weeks

  • Oak: Medium-Heavy

  • Body: Full

  • Sweetness: Dry

Details & Instructions

Additional Information

Volume 6 Gallons
Wine Recipe Type Cabernet Sauvignon
Type Red
Origin North America, California
Body Full
Sweetness Dry
Oak Intensity Medium
Food Pairings Grilled rib steak, sauteed mushrooms, roasted tomatoes, red peppers, caramelized onions

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Best wine I have ever made
You really need to give this one a try. I am making another one right now.
October 29, 2018
Purchased
1 month ago
First time with this wine
Have enjoyed making eclipse wines (pinot and lodi zin) for several years. I prefer them to other brands because there are grape skins to help in flavor, tannin development; and labels for the finished product. this one is a new (for me) combo of grapes. The bourbon oak chips were remarkably aromatic and it will be interesting to see what flavors result. I never use the bentonite as these wines clear well without it and don't add quite as much water as suggested (so get less end product with even better character). I also place the oak chips into the wine after stopping fermentation, not before - and leave 1-2 mo, depending on oak development. Expect it will be even better than the lodi zins by eclipse; maybe need longer aging to reach its best. Would buy again if available and may use a different yeast for added character.
October 21, 2018
Purchased
2 months ago
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We are making this now, have added the 2 packages kieselsol, and 1 of the 2 chitosan, as per instructions. We have one chitosan left. Was this a mistake or are we to add it?
Susan W on Nov 4, 2018
BEST ANSWER: That is what the instructions say. I only did 1 package each of kieselsol & chitosan; saved the others for later if the wine doesn't clear by itself. I also did not add the oak chips in step 1; saved for step 2 after fermentation was stopped (this is where the process is now for my wine). I'm not sure how much oak character would be there after the short period of fermentation - that's how I make up either muscadine based wines or other Eclipse kits - oak for 6-8 wks, depending on how the character is developiing - always after fermentation is stopped. I have found some oak cubes contribute sediment/cloudiness and having the extra clearing agents available for later helps. You can always purchase online more clearing agent if needed. For my purposes (muscadine whites), Super-Kleer has worked best.

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