Grateful Dead 50th Anniversary Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
The Wines That Rock team pulled out all the stops to create a collectible worthy of Grateful Dead’s 50th Anniversary.
Starting with sourcing premium grapes for this special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, we brought in Grateful Dead archivist David Lemieux for a one-on-one blending session at the vineyard with our top winemakers, and wrapped it all up in a one-of-a-kind bottle that brings to life the great essence and personality of the Dead.
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Blended by our wine making team and Grateful Dead Archivist David Lemieux, the 2012 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was blended using “Eyes of the World” (performed 9/7/73) and “Dark Star” (performed 2/13/70) as inspiration. The goal was to capture the joy, spontaneity and uniqueness of a Dead show, resulting in a dark, spacey and cerebral Cabernet Sauvignon that, with aeration, reveals layers of the various influences of the blend’s elements. The end result is an intense and savory wine that features notes of black olive, tobacco, black currant and dark plum.
To capture the timeless artwork that surrounds all things Grateful Dead, rather than conventional paper labeling – this special bottle was produced using a silk screen process, printed directly on the bottle, permanently fusing the label design into the glass. The wine bottle design features an intricate version of “Bertha,” the classic Skull & Roses Grateful Dead logo made popular on the band’s live album Grateful Dead.
“As the king of reds, Cabernet Sauvignon was a natural fit for the Grateful Dead 50th wine. We were fortunate to have excellent Cabernet to work with for this project, and this special reserve blend will be a fitting tribute to fans and the band alike,” said winemaker Mark Beaman. Crafted from carefully selected vineyard lots, the Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of 94% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Estate grown Petit Verdot and 2% Estate Grown Syrah aged in a mixture of new American oak and neutral cooperage barrels to form a framework for the wine that still allows the expression of the vineyard to shine through.
The Wines That Rock project has always been about creating a uniquely great experience inspired by music and the artists’ personal vision. We are committed to doing this through responsible land stewardship, sustainable viticulture, and green business practices that yield superior wines while protecting the environment and supporting local farmers. Above all else, Wines That Rock is about a making a connection. Just like a rock concert when 20,000 passionate fans get together and share 2½ hours of magic or when you plug in your I-pod and listen to your favorite artist, our great-tasting, world-class varietals are meant to be enjoyed—and shared! So, pop the cork, turn up the tunes, and enjoy the taste of Wines That Rock!
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