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A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, the Van Ruiten 2011 Cab-Shiraz was produced from two of Lodi’s most prominent vineyard locations, Happy Holme and John’s Home Ranch, both managed by the Van Ruiten family. This wine was inspired by Old World European blending techniques that have been practiced for centuries, and the result is a full-bodied, rich, yet very approachable red blend with excellent balance. Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz are both varietals that flourish in the warm-weather climate of Lodi and this blend brings the best of their characteristics together. The nose offers a spicy, dark fruit-based aroma, while the palate is loaded with flavors of blackberries, cherries, currants, plums, truffles, and liquorice. A lengthy finish and just a hint of oak make this wine an ideal pairing with most grilled meats, pasta sauce, or tomato-based meals. [+]