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by Fred McMillin
for January 27, 1997

Welcome to WineDay, the electronic Gourmet Guide's daily update. Monday through Thursday, WineDay presents a wine profile. Then on Fridays we present the Winery of the Week to take you through the weekend


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A Wine Named "Cabernets"?

Yup. In the Cabernet-friendly Alexander Valley Iron Horse grows both Franc and Sauvignon Cabernets, and combines them to make a resonant red called simply "Cabernets." The 1985 was a lulu and now the 1992 appears to be its equal. At least, my Scott's panel went bonkers over the rich berry-cherry flavors. Age and 12% Merlot have eliminated all rough edges. But hurry.. production was a mere 250 cases.

1992 Cabernets, Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, Iron Horse Vineyards Sebastopol, CA, Phone (707) 887-1507, Fax (707) 887-1337, $17 Range

Postscript

About the name, Iron Horse raises thoughts of locomotives. Sure enough. Long before the winery was founded in 1978, the local train stop was named Iron Horse.

Highly Recommended


About the Writer

Fred McMillin, a veteran wine writer, has taught wine history for 30 years on three continents. He currently teaches wine courses at San Francisco State and San Francisco City College and is Northern California Editor for American Wine on the Web. In 1995, the Academy of Wine Communications honored Fred with one of only 22 Certificates of Commendation awarded to American wine writers.


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