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Downing Family Vineyards Oakville Shiraz 2003

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    Our 2002 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is 100% Cabernet from two great Cabernet Vineyards. It a blend of fruit from the Del Bondio Rutherford valley floor vineyard on the west side of Napa Valley and the Moore Vineyard in Napa Valley's eastern hills, a combination works remarkably well together. In blind tastings this wine has rated with the best of Napa Valley's icons. The blend of the two vineyards is two-thirds valley floor fruit and one-third hillside fruit. Early barrel samples indicated that this wine was going to be very special and it has now developed into a quite extraordinary wine.
    This wine shows all of the characteristics that you expect from a great Rutherford Cabernet; the famed Rutherford dust, a nose that is almost floral and a finish that goes on to next Tuesday! The concentration from the hillside fruit gives this wine a completely new dimension. This wine is a complex, elegant offering with tannins that will make it particularly ageworthy. It's drinking great now but will develop into a classic with a few years in the bottle.
    934 cases were produced.

    Posted by thewinery on December 1st, 2007 at 3:43pm | report comment

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