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2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve, Napa Valley (750 ml)


  Most of the Cabernet in this wine is from rocky mountain vineyards. These thin rocky sites produce low vigor vines with small intensely flavored and colored berries. Some wine from Rutherford and Carneros vineyards was also added for richness. All our vineyards require extensive hand work to manage vine vigor, crop load and sun exposure. At the peak of ripeness, the grapes are hand harvested early in the morning and taken to the winery.

Winemaking
Following hand-harvesting, the grapes were de-stemmed only (whole berries). Fermentations were conducted in a combination of open-top vessels with a punch-down device and closed tanks with gentle cap irrigators. Several types of yeast were used for both inoculated and uninoculated fermenting. Most lots were pressed directly to barrel, and malolactic fermentations finished in barrel. After each year of aging, the wines were racked and returned to barrel. This wine was allowed to mature in barrel for two years.

Tasting Notes
The deep intense color of this wine portends the pleasure to follow. Intense ripe cassis and blackberry fruit is enveloped in roasted coffee, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, vanilla, and leather. The ample tannins are silky smooth and mouth filling, making the wine rich from start to lingering finish. The balance of tannins and acid, with the intensely extracted core fruit, will enable this wine to last 10 - 20 years.

Alcohol content, 14.9% by volume
5,391 cases produced