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Barnett Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake Hill Spring Mountain District Napa 2014

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RP: 91 Points WS: 90 Points ST: 90 Points

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Barnett Vineyards:
With passion and patience, Fiona and Hal Barnett created this vineyard and winery in 1983 with the intent of producing small amounts of hand crafted Cabernet Sauvignon wines from their estate. Since the first vintage of Barnett Vineyards, Spring Mountain has proven to deserve it's own AVA and become known as a unique microclimate, producing exceptional Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots. The viney... Read more
With passion and patience, Fiona and Hal Barnett created this vineyard and winery in 1983 with the intent of producing small amounts of hand crafted Cabernet Sauvignon wines from their estate. Since the first vintage of Barnett Vineyards, Spring Mountain has proven to deserve it's own AVA and become known as a unique microclimate, producing exceptional Cabernet Sauvignons and Merlots. The vineyards are located at the top of Spring Mountain, at elevation 2,000ft, and planted on steep terraces that follow the contour of the land. In some places, the grade averages in excess of 35%. Mountainside farming is very challenging. The vines must struggle to reach nutrients and water in the soil and, as a result, yield only one to two tons per acre. The elements of sun, temperature, and well-drained porous soils give an advantageous water stress to the vines and contribute to the depth, richness and character of the wines. Grapes are harvested by hand; vineyard row by row, as optimum ripeness and maturity is reached. Fermentation is done in small batches. Since the winery's first 100 cases in 1989, Barnett Vineyards has grown to approximately 6,000 cases total production. Rattlesnake Hill and Spring Mountain District Cabernet Sauvignons are the focus at the estate with total Cabernet production varying between 2,100 and 3,000 cases annually. In addition, Barnett Vineyards produces limited amounts of Merlot, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grown from single vineyards located in well-desired appellations. Read less

Member Reviews for Barnett Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake Hill Spring Mountain District Napa

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Snooth User: minocencio
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3.50 5
Vintage: 2011 11/23/2013

Three and a half glasses


Snooth User: tunertmp
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2006 02/04/2011

Four glasses

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Snooth User: WillemH
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4.00 5
Vintage: 2003 03/01/2009

Four glasses


Snooth User: WillemH
14408234
5.00 5
Vintage: 2002 03/01/2009

Five glasses


Snooth User: 97mjr
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0.00 5
Vintage: 2001 03/04/2009

[PWJGT] Solid soft tannins. Not as fruit forward as I would expect for Spr Mntn Overpriced. **


Snooth User: maevans
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4.50 5
Vintage: 1999 09/06/2008

Four and a half glasses


External Reviews for Barnett Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake Hill Spring Mountain District Napa

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Vintage: 2007 05/11/2011

RP: 91 Points WS: 90 Points ST: 90 Points


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Vintage: 2007 01/12/2012

A beauty, the deep, full-bodied 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain exhibits notes of blueberry pie, charcoal, wet steel, white flowers, and crushed rocks. Pure and dense, 2-3 years of bottle age is required, and it should keep for two decades. Firm, ripe, intense and spicy, with dried currant, berry, sage and mineral flavors that are tight, focused and well-structured, ending with an aftertaste of loamy earth. Best from 2011 through 2018. 1,855 cases made. -JL Medium ruby-red. Expressive aromas of crushed blackberry, blueberry, tobacco, earth, flowers and chocolatey oak. Juicy, sweet and pliant, with firm acidity framing the mountain berry flavors and providing verve. Not yet complex but high-toned in a positive way and quite young. Finishes with serious but sweet tannins. ** SOLD OUT **


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Vintage: 2005 10/06/2009

91 Points Wine Spectator:`Rich and intense with a tight focus on supple currant herb anise sage and cedary oak all folding together on the finish where the layers of flavors start to unfold and reveal their complexity. Best from 2010 through 2016. 2050 cases made.`


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Vintage: 2005 10/06/2009

91WS no further case discount


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Vintage: 2003 09/22/2010

Good ruby-red. Pure, elegant nose offers currant, tobacco, coffee, licorice and brown spices. Sweet, firm and aromatic, with ripe acids framing the flavors of currant, cherry, baking spices and earth. Finishes with good aromatic persistence. Stephen Tanzer's IWC. A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2003 Barnett Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake Hill Estate 1500ml


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Vintage: 2002 09/24/2010

The 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Spring Mountain (2,411 cases) exhibits a big, spicy, smoky nose with plenty of plum, raisin, and black currant fruit. Evolved and complex, with a supple texture as well as resiny pine forest notes intermixed with black currants and sweet cherries, this distinctive, singular Cabernet may be controversial, but it will provide plenty of pleasure over the next 5-7 years.


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Vintage: 2002 11/14/2013

The flagship offering the deep ruby/purple-tinged 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon Rattlesnake Hill (451 cases) boasts a terrific perfume of black currants flowers earth and spice. With a structured full-bodied mouthfeel this brilliant pure noble Cabernet is very long in the mouth. It is still extremely young and far less evolved than its siblings. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2017. Robert Parkers Wine Advocate.


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