2000 Cabernet Sauvignon
Winemaker Notes Despite the difficult weather conditions, when our Cabernet fruit was finally harvested it displayed deep color, dense, extractive flavors and near-ideal sugar/acid levels. The finished wine is softer and more accessible than last year's, with lush ripe flavors of cedar and cassis.
Winemaking Data Grapes were harvested at an average of 24° Brix, fermented in stainless steel tanks, then aged 20 months in a combination of new French and American oak barrels (40%) and two- to four-year-old French and American oak (60%) before being blended and bottled in June 2002.
Vintage Notes The long 200 growing season was a roller coaster ride of temperature highs and lows, with many vintners picking from August to November, a time span causing both mental and physical fatigues on the part of vineyard and production crews. Nevertheless, overall fruit quality was high despite heat spikes in June and September, a mid-September cold snap, and rain in mid-October. A warming trend finally allowed the harvest to conclude at the end of October.
91 Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good full ruby. Aromas of blackcurrant, chocolate, tobacco and mint. Sweeter and deeper than the 2000 Merlot, with chewier currant and tar flavors and better vinosity and cut. Here the tannins are more thoroughly buffered. Nicely balanced, fresh Cabernet. (May/June 2003)
Blend and Grape Sources 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 6% Petite Verdot and 4% Malbec from estate-owned vineyards and independent growers.
Appellation Napa Valley
Harvest Dates September 19 - October 25, 2000
Aging/Cooperage 20 months in a combination of new Frech and American oak barrels (40%) and two- to four-year-old French and American oak (60%), before being blended and bottle in June 2002.