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Ardente Grande Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Winemaker's Notes:

WINE: "The warm summer days of 2004, combined with cool evenings provided a perfect growing season for our Cabernet Sauvignon fruit. The concentrated, well ripened berries resulted in a dark red wine, with complex flavors of cassis, black currant and Bing cherries. The wine spent 2 years in small French oak barrels, and aged another 30 months in the bottle, resulting in a luscious wine with moderate tannins and well balanced acidity." -Winery WINERY: "Ardente Estate Winery was founded in 1996 on a twenty acre estate located in the quiet hills of Atlas Peak in Napa Valley. The area was selected for its rich volcanic soil, 1500 feet elevation and moderate microclimate which provide perfect condition for growing high quality Cabernet Sauvignon. Our wines are hand-crafted and aged to be enjoyed upon release, with a depth of flavor, great acidity and a promise of a long aging." -Winery

Region: USA » California » Napa

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  • 2004

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Winery: Ardente Winery
Color: Red
Varietal: Cabernet Sauvignon
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Ardente Winery:
Ardente Winery was founded in 1996 on a twenty acre estate located in the quiet hills of Atlas Peak, just eight miles northeast of the city of Napa. The area was selected for its rich volcanic soil, ideal 1500 ft elevation and moderate micro climate which provide nearly perfect conditions for growing high quality Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The warm arid climate and rocky terrain denigrate the v... Read more
Ardente Winery was founded in 1996 on a twenty acre estate located in the quiet hills of Atlas Peak, just eight miles northeast of the city of Napa. The area was selected for its rich volcanic soil, ideal 1500 ft elevation and moderate micro climate which provide nearly perfect conditions for growing high quality Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The warm arid climate and rocky terrain denigrate the vines forcing them to work harder and produce more concentration of fruit, with dense tannins which intensifies the flavors of the mature grapes. The mountainous terrain presents some challenges, and with late harvest the weather conditions can change by the minute. But for those with a passion for exceptional wine and to overcome the challenges of this unique appellation the rewards are extraordinary. After consulting with different growers and enologists in the Napa Valley, the objective was to make a French style Cabernet Sauvignon, inspired by the wines from the Medoc. The renowned winemaker Phillipe Melka joined Ardente Winery in 1996, and his creative touch, knowledge of terroir and vintner’s passion set the standards for Ardente Cabernet Sauvignon. The first vintage of the 1996 Cabernet Sauvignon was released in 2000. Each fall, we harvest 10 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. Our wine making facility has the capacity for full production of 2500 cases per year. Brokers and people in the trade are always invited to come visit our vineyard. Please contact us to set up an appointment. Read less

WINE: "The warm summer days of 2004, combined with cool evenings provided a perfect growing season for our Cabernet Sauvignon fruit. The concentrated, well ripened berries resulted in a dark red wine, with complex flavors of cassis, black currant and Bing cherries. The wine spent 2 years in small French oak barrels, and aged another 30 months in the bottle, resulting in a luscious wine with moderate tannins and well balanced acidity." -Winery WINERY: "Ardente Estate Winery was founded in 1996 on a twenty acre estate located in the quiet hills of Atlas Peak in Napa Valley. The area was selected for its rich volcanic soil, 1500 feet elevation and moderate microclimate which provide perfect condition for growing high quality Cabernet Sauvignon. Our wines are hand-crafted and aged to be enjoyed upon release, with a depth of flavor, great acidity and a promise of a long aging." -Winery

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