|Appellation:||Napa Valley, Spring Mountain District |
|Vineyards:||La Perla, Chevalier, Alba, Miravalle |
|Varietals:||Cabernet Sauvignon 76%, Merlot 20%, Petit Verdot 4%|
|Aging:||22 months in 50% new French oak; 50% in 2 to 4 year old French oak barrels|
Retail Price: $100.00
Wine Club Price: $80.00
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As a pure expression of mountain grapes our 2003 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is redolent with notes of blackberry, cherry, dark chocolate, and red currants laced with exotic spices and hints of cigar box. The palate greets you with a lush rendering of the same ripe red fruit and dark cocoa. Balanced with a long, firm finish, this Cabernet develops multiple layers on the palate while fully coating the mouth. Full bodied and effusively flavorful this wine is both supple and elegant promising youthful delight and maturing beauty. Decant to release the abundant flavors and aromas of this youthful and vibrant cabernet. 92 Points, Wine News. 90 Points, Wine Enthusiast.
The 2003 Vintage
A light winter was followed by dry weather and bud break that occurred in mid March with bloom 60 days later. Spring and early summer saw beautiful, mild weather interrupted by two heat waves in September. We were able to ride out the heat spikes and extend harvest later into the season, giving the Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot ample hang time to become physiologically mature. The 2003 Spring Mountain vintage yielded wines with great fruit expression, balance and soft, ripe tannins.
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.