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by Fred McMillin
The Renaissance Man
Renaissance was initially known for its monster reds, real tannin bombs.
Gideon Bienstock has now been head winemaker four years. The '95 North Yuba Cab is one of the first made entirely under his direction... re-styled to achieve Bordeaux elegance.
...Wine expert Rusty Eddy
Gideon is Renaissance's man. It's no suprise that he's added a Bordeaux influence to his wines, since he spent much of the 1980's in France learning the methods of Bordeaux firsthand. After tasting some of his "new" Cabs a year ago, I wrote in WineDay these words that are just as true today.
"Decomposed granite subsoil 2,000 feet in the air produce less than two tons per acre of high-intensity Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. Winemaker Gideon Beinstock's deft touch has created a lighter, fruitier Cab than past vintages. If you serve it with rack of lamb, I can be there by 7!"
1995 Cabernet Sauvignon, North Yuba
North Yuba is an official American Viticultural Area (AVA), and an unusual one; it contains only one vineyard and one winery, Renaissance. Whence the name Yuba (yoo-bah)? Today there is also a Yuba River, City and County. The river was the first to receive the name. However, when Jedediah Smith discovered the stream on March 14, 1828, he gave it the Indian name "Henneet." Later, John Sutter of Gold Rush fame re-named it after the Indian village on the river bank, called YUBU. (Source: Prof. Gudde's Cal. Etymology)
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