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2003

Cabernet Sauvignon

Hyde Vineyard
Carneros, Napa Valley

This vintage boasts a dense black/purple inky color. The nose displays deep, seductive aromas of jammy, ripe wild blueberries and huckleberries. Focused and concentrated black fruit flavors are interwoven with subtle spice and earth notes. Its time-honored polished and smooth tannins are sweet and full-bodied and followed by a sublimely persistent and poised finish. Alcohol 14.7%

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93 points Wine Advocate

“From the cool Carneros region, Hobbs fashioned a sensational 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Hyde Vineyard. Its inky/purple color is accompanied by sweet aromas of graphite interwoven with soil, black currant, and pepper scents. With full body, impressive delineation, and a long, concentrated, deep finish, this 2003 Cabernet will be at its finest between 2007-2020.”
Robert Parker

93 points Wine Spectator

“Deliciously rich and complex, with a deep, potent core of earthy currant, anise, blackberry and plum. Gains momentum, and despite its richness and abundance of fruit, it's remarkably elegant and polished. Drink now through 2012.”
James Laube

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Harvest Date October 25

Growing Season The growing season was comprised of cool spring weather followed by moderate temperatures throughout summer. Consistent work in the vineyard was required to maximize sun exposure and encourage full flavor development in the fruit. Much needed hot weather in mid-September secured an excellent harvest.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Fermented in 5-ton closed-top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous yeasts
• 5-day cold soak, 32 days total maceration
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels; 4 months to completion
• Aged 21 months French oak barrels; 82% new
• Varietal composition: 100% cabernet sauvignon
• Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; Bottled July 2005

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