Sweet dried currant, milk chocolate, vanilla, cherry, blackberry, black olive and a hint of
black pepper are revealed in the nose.
The mid-palate is marked by sweet black cherry, berries and a delicate
toasty character. This full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon exhibits a long, toasty fi nish accented by vanilla, cocoa,
and red and black fruits. Enjoy now or cellar for ten years.
The 2001 season was generally mild. Moderate temperatures in July-September allowed slow ripening,
full tannin development and ripeness in the skins. We were able to pick selectively at an unhurried pace.
Grapes were hand harvested in late September to early October 2001 from our three narrow-spaced estate
vineyards in the Rutherford appellation.
This wine was not fined and was bottled in June, 2003.
The grapes were hand picked and hand sorted. A long season and maturity of tannins allowed
for an extended maceration for 28 to 30 days. This contact with the skins develops the expansive mouthfeel
and tannin structure of the wine.
Aged in new, one, and two-vintage-old French oak barrels for 17 to 19