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Andrew Geoffrey Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain 2006

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2003 growing season in the Napa Valley was one of the strangest in history. With adequate rainfall from the winter months, budbreak took place in late March and early April. Mother Nature played some tricks on the vineyard by delivering over 5 inches of rain in late April and was not about to let us have another early harvest like there was in 2002. The rains slowed down all progression of the vines until the end of May with bloom taking place in late June. A warm summer with temperatures hovering in the high 80's followed. In September, a series of heat waves with temperatures above 105 degrees caused widespread sunburn and dehydration. The affected fruit, as much as 33% in some areas, had to be dropped. Picking began in 2003 with the Cabernet Sauvignon on October 6th and finished on October 17th. Cabernet Franc was harvest on October 15th and Petit Verdot on October 29th. The extended hang time insured that the fruit was as ripe as possible with mature tannins.

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Frey Vineyards:
Paul Sr. and Beba Frey grew up a few blocks apart in the gritty Brooklyn, New York of the 1930's and 40's. Paul relished his summer escapes to the Poconos Mountains, Pennsylvania. And Beba found bliss each summer on a Catskill Mountains dairy farm (see photo above). Each vowed to escape the city permanently. They later met and married in medical school. While their family grew, they longed for ... Read more
Paul Sr. and Beba Frey grew up a few blocks apart in the gritty Brooklyn, New York of the 1930's and 40's. Paul relished his summer escapes to the Poconos Mountains, Pennsylvania. And Beba found bliss each summer on a Catskill Mountains dairy farm (see photo above). Each vowed to escape the city permanently. They later met and married in medical school. While their family grew, they longed for a life closer to nature and finally settled down in Northern California in the early 1960's on their ranch in Redwood Valley, Mendocino County. The 12 children grew up instilled with love and respect for the natural environment, and picked up gardening, farming, and agricultural skills, as their parents had dreamed. Paul Sr. and Beba rounded out their children’s education by schooling them in the sciences, history, literature, classical arts and music, as well as appreciation for world cuisines paired with wine. In the late 1960's, Paul and Beba and the older kids planted Cabernet Sauvignon and Gray Riesling on the ranch's old pastureland and sold the fruit to nearby wineries. A decade later, brothers Jonathan and Matthew realized the vineyards' potential when a Cabernet Sauvignon grown by Frey's grapes won a gold medal for a Santa Cruz winery. Frey Vineyards was bonded the next year, in 1980, and soon after became the first organic winery in U.S. The eldest brother Jonathan and his wife Katrina studied organic agriculture under the tutorship of Alan Chadwick, a green-thumb guru of the California 70's. At the winery's inception, Jonathan introduced high integrity organic practices that are still in place today. Brother Matthew, learned the mechanical and technical skills of the wine business when working at nearby wineries. A final touch to the new winery's credo was that the wine would be made not only from organically grown grapes, but without any added sulfites. In the late 1980's, Paul Frey Jr. returned from the University of California at Santa Cruz to help perfect the techniques for making wine without the synthetic sulfite preservative, and is today our main winemaker. In 1996, Luke Frey spearheaded the conversion of our estate vineyards to biodynamic cultivation, making Frey Vineyards the first producer of certified Demeter Biodynamic wines in North America. We are pleased that many local wineries and grape growers have become certified organic and biodynamic as well, for the health of our common environment as well as our customers. Today, a third of all organic grapes in California are grown in Mendocino County, and 15 wineries making wines from organically grown grapes are located here – more than any county in the U.S. The trend of organic grape growing is rapidly spreading in Napa and Sonoma Counties, and across the U.S. Frey Vineyards is the largest of the very few wineries to have taken on the challenge of producing a true organic wine, made with no added sulfites – a practice that is now tradition for our family. Today, nearly 30 years since the founding of Frey Vineyards, many of the 12 children and spouses work for the family business. As organic food production is reaching new heights in the U.S., we hope the trend never stops, benefiting taste buds, planet, and the future generations. Read less

Member Reviews for Andrew Geoffrey Cabernet Sauvignon Diamond Mountain

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Snooth User: zinfandel1
1546601,052
3.50 5
08/21/2012

This cabernet is so earthy. it has depth and structure and a long finish. There is a marked difference with mountain cabs. The tannins are more pronounced but do become approachable. I find less fruit and more mineral aspects plus a dustyness.


Snooth User: cordeau
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2005 04/27/2009

Just finished a wine dinner with a vertical of Andrew Geoffrey from 2002 - 2007 (2006 isn't released yet and 2007 was a barrel tasting). I liked them all very much, but my favorite was 2005. It seemed to have a beautiful combination of the long finish of 2003 with the tanins and complexity of 2004. Lovely.


Snooth User: zinfandel1
1546601,052
4.50 5
Vintage: 2005 06/04/2013

2005 Andrew Geoffrey Cabernet Sauvignon. Dark opaque purple. Dark fruits, blackberry, cassis, leather, some chocolate. Bold, rich, powerful and concentrated. Tannins are there but somewhat softened. Getting a hint of smoke. A super long finish. This truly is what a mountain cab is all about.


Snooth User: zinfandel1
1546601,052
0.00 5
Vintage: 2002 04/27/2013

Very dark purple with aromas of dark fruits like plums and blackberries with a little damp earth. On the palate the fruits are very faint with hints of leather and an earthiness take over. The tannins are medium nd take over just before the finish. The finish was not as long as I would have expected. As high as the alcohol is, it never interferes with the wine itself. A well made wine with a lot of life left.


Snooth User: zinfandel1
1546601,052
4.00 5
Vintage: 2002 12/12/2012

The color is very dark purple with aromas of dark fruit (mainly dark plum) along with dried dark cherry. On the palate initially very faint fruit until mid palate and back palate when you begin to pick up the dark fruit and a lot of cherry. Now dark chocolate and some spicy notes become apparent and then an earthiness finish. Throughout all of this, the gentle to medium tannins are doing their job. This wine is approaching full maturity. An amazing mountain cab.


Snooth User: j80lemay
1125344
5.00 5
Vintage: 2001 01/03/2009

Don' let this one get away. goes perfectly with any meat you put on the table. The bottle design is elegant too! Decant for at least 2 hrs.



<p>The weather conditions at this vineyard forced the winemakers of this wine to drop over a third of their crop in 2003. The heat waves of September pushed the keepers of the Andrew Geoffrey vineyards to pick their fruit in late October, to insure the grapes maturation process and the correct amount of tannins for this fine wine.&nbsp;</p>

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pH: 3.85

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