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2004

Cabernet Sauvignon

Hyde Vineyard
Carneros, Napa Valley

This hedonistic offering from the Hyde Vineyard seduces with big aromas of black fruit and underbrush. The palate is explosive with layers of chambord, blueberry and cigar box; the elegant, graphite core holding court beneath, and leading to a long finish of fine-grained tannins. Alcohol 14.6%

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91+ points Wine Advocate

“A deep ruby/purple color as well as a refreshing; elegant nose of black raspberries, black cherries, mint, and tobacco leaf. Beautifully rich, medium to full-bodied, stylish, and elegant, it represents a gorgeous expression of cool climate viticulture and impeccable winemaking. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. ”
Robert Parker Jr.

91 points International Wine Cellar

“Bright red. Fresh cherry, redcurrant, iron and raw meat aromas, with a dusting of dried flowers. Zesty red berry and cherry pit flavors display impressive energy and cut; there's a spicy tone to the bright, long finish. I'd sit on this for a few years.”
Stephen Tanzer

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Harvest Date October 7

Growing Season Warm weather in spring led to an early budbreak. A summer of unusually high temperatures resulted in a very early harvest. Consistent work in the vineyards was the key to keeping vines and fruit in balance and assuring even ripening. The resulting cabernets are bold wines, with great density and lots of chewy tannins.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested grapes
• Fermented in 5-ton closed-top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous yeasts
• 6-day cold soak, 29 days total maceration
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels; 4 months to completion
• Aged 21 months in French oak barrels from Taransaud, Seguin Moreau, Alain Fouquet, Demptos, Remond, Bossuet; 80% new
• Varietal composition: 100% cabernet sauvignon
• Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; Bottled July 2006

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