||Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District |
||La Perla, Chevalier, Alba, Miravalle |
||Cabernet Sauvignon 99%, Petit Verdot 1%|
||24 months in 70% new French oak; 30% in 1 & 2 year old French oak barrels |
Retail Price: $135.00
Wine Club Price: $108.00
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The aromatics of this wine possess an intriguing fusion of cassis, chocolate and berry pie filling with hints of violet and mint. The palate is full bodied and lush with chewy tannins and flavors echo bitter-sweet chocolate and blackberries. The finish is all satin and silk with flavors than linger like a fond memory. Mouth-filling and substantial, this wine's concentrated flavors position the vintage to age beautifully over time, yet fully enjoyable now.
The 2002 Vintage
Heavy rainfall occurred in early winter followed by dry weather and bud break that occurred in mid-March with bloom 60 days following. Spring saw beautiful, mild weather followed by two heat waves in July. The mountain experienced some hot nights in September, which led to concentrated ripening, making 2002 an exceptional year for winemaking.
Spring Mountain Estate
Grapes from each of the four vineyard properties are considered as we select the lots to be used in our Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. The multitude of top quality lots with distinctly different attributes allows us to be extremely selective in making the final blend. The result is a true Estate Cabernet Sauvignon that reflects the unique growing conditions of the Spring Mountain growing district.
Spring Mountain Vineyard
Originally four individual historic Napa Valley properties, Miravalle, La Perla, Alba, and Chevalier have now been combined to create an 850-acre estate of forest and vineyard on the eastern slopes of Spring Mountain overlooking the small town of Saint Helena. Over 225 acres of the estate are planted to vine, creating 135 separate hillside vineyard blocks each with its own unique soil, exposure, and microclimate. The vineyard is planted in densities of 4,000 vines per acre and trained to the ancient gobelet form, a vertical trellising method that was invented in an earlier millennium by the Romans.