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2007 C&C Cabernet Betts & Scholl
USA  •  California  •  Cabernet Sauvignon
CC-Not Sabathia! A Delicious, Affordable Cabernet

At our first tasting of 2011, the final wine won our hearts and our minds. The wine was of the tasting exhibited a deep purple and black color suggestive of wine made from Cabernet. This was confirmed by the gorgeous bouquet redolent of ripe dark berries and cassis contrasting with suggestive notes of tobacco, high-quality new oak and deep soil extract. On the palate, the wine offered an appealing blend of the ripe fruits so evident in the nose, a mouth enveloping softness and fullness with just the right presence of citrus acidity and tannin to support all the yummy flavors and give the wine a desirable spine. The wine turned out to be the C&C Cabernet Sauvignon selected, labeled and marketed by the dynamic vinous duo of Richard Betts and Dennis Scholl.

Buy This Wine $25.00 per bottle
10% off solid cases



TASTING NOTES

Mr. Betts is a former-and highly regarded Sommelier, and Mr. Scholl is an art purveyor and collector. The two became friends in Aspen Colorado where they both plied their respective trades. About five years ago they decided to pool their talents in order to create a wine business which suited their tastes and skills. Now, they go around the world to buy and bottle wine from their favorite regions and growers. For the most part, they focus on two of their favorite regions: the northern Rhone and the Barossa Valley in Australia. But they are open to distinctive American wine as exhibited in two recent releases: an elegant, wonderfully refined and refreshing Chardonnay from Monterey and the superb Cabernet we are recommending which was produced from mountain fruit in Napa.

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BEHIND THE WINE

The wines are labeled "C&C" - Chardonnay and Cabernet! Every Betts & Scholl wine has a truly distinctive label each designed by an artist associate of Dennis Scholl. These labels are as eye catching as they are impossible to describe in words. If you go to their website you will see what I mean. I save the best news for last: The price of the C&C is about half of what you would expect to pay for a first rate Napa Cabernet. Tastes good, costs less!





OWNER'S INSIGHT

Napa Cab better than Opus One for $25 -- Why Shane Thinks He Has Solved The C&C Riddle -- Shafer?

Our friend Richard Betts won't even budge on the source of fruit for his fantastic C&C 2007 Cabernet but the back story and its origin has become a hot topic at Vintners as we have fallen in love with the wine. The 2007 harvest was plentiful in Napa and through his connections Betts was able to acquire fruit that was not made into its normal 'collectible Napa cab' because the big boys out there jump through hoops to protect the exclusivity of the brand (and keep the prices high).

THE WINE ROCKS but where is it from?? SHAFER I SAY and here is why:

The C&C Website says this about the wine:

"In 2007 we have found ourselves with the unique opportunity to work with one of the world's most special vineyards and wineries. We are not allowed to tell you exactly who, but we can say it comes from the world-class hillsides above one of those quaint little towns along highway 29 in the Napa. The wine is first class, serious and special cabernet AND it costs a very very small fraction of what the much fancier wines of the neighborhood cost. In fact, we dare you -- put it up against your favorite cabernet, put it up against Opus One (no, this is not from Opus) and you decide which is better."

I say that 'world-class hillsides' is a coy reference to Shafer Hillside Select and if you go to Shafer's website sure enough they are located right along highway 29.

OF COURSE I COULD BE WRONG, but the riddle is solved in my mind and it's always fun to take a shot at Opus One.. BOTTOM LINE -- BEST BOTTLE OF NAPA CAB FOR THE MONEY IN THE COUNTRY! Enjoy. Lots of it.

--Shane Benson


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OWNER'S INSIGHT

Napa Cab better than Opus One for $25 -- Why Shane Thinks He Has Solved The C&C Riddle -- Shafer?

Our friend Richard Betts won't even budge on the source of fruit for his fantastic C&C 2007 Cabernet but the back story and its origin has become a hot topic at Vintners as we have fallen in love with the wine. The 2007 harvest was plentiful in Napa and through his connections Betts was able to acquire fruit that was not made into its normal 'collectible Napa cab' because the big boys out there jump through hoops to protect the exclusivity of the brand (and keep the prices high)...more

 
ABOUT THIS WINE
Profile
Acidity Medium
Body Medium High
Finish Medium High
Fruit Medium
Sweetness Low
Tannins Medium
Alcohol 14.5%
Serve at 64º

Similar To
High-End Napa Cabernet

Characteristics
Red, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot

Food Pairing
Heavy protein, steakhouse wine, roasted meats

Avoid
Acidic, delicate foods, seafood, shellfish



Occasion
This is an every day drinking bottle


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$25.00 per bottle
10% off solid cases
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