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St. Clement Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

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    Vineyard Notes The 2004 vintage offered near-perfect weather conditions. With the exception of a very warm March that contributed to an early bloom and a few hot days in June, the growing season was sunny, long and mild. This combination helped the grapes to develop vibrant acidity, together with beautifully mature tannins and fully ripe flavors at harvest, which arrived four weeks earlier than the year before. The fruit for this elegant Cabernet Sauvignon came from vineyards on the valley floor throughout southern Napa and Rutherford. The addition of Merlot and Cabernet Franc creates structure and a lengthy mid-palate along with the ripe fruit notes on the nose. Winemaker Danielle Cyrot kept the lots separate through harvest and fermentation. After eighteen months in French oak, she made the final blend before bottling.
    Winemaker's Comments Rich, ruby red in color, this luscious Cabernet Sauvignon features aromatics of red cherry, boysenberry, cassis and vanilla spice on the nose, as flavors of strawberry jam, cherry cola and black licorice intertwine with clove and hints of cocoa powder on the palate. Integrated, supple tannins create the refined structure that carries this well-balanced Cabernet to a lengthy and flavorful finish. Varital Content 77% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Merlot 3% Cabernet Franc
    Harvest Appellation: Napa Valley Harvest Dates: September 15 to October 15, 2004 Release Bottling Completed: September 2006 Release Date: April 2007 Case Production: 580

    Posted by thewinery on December 1st, 2007 at 2:51pm | report comment

    Color: Dark garnet and ruby edges

    Nose: A bit green on the nose at first, then blue fruit dominates, with some cherry at the end

    Palate: This is much more of a fruit bomb than anticipated, but there is still some good structure. The fruit totally dominates, however, making the aging potential beyond 5-6 years more of an unknown.

    Posted by drxeno on January 2nd, 2008 at 7:28pm | report comment

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