Cabernet Sauvignon 2002

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About This Wine: The 2002 vintage was ideal in terms of growing conditions and the wines from it are rich and plush....

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About This Wine: The 2002 vintage was ideal in terms of growing conditions and the wines from it are rich and plush. This wonderful year added to the richness that is always present in Q Hill wines and added a lush middle palate as well. Because of the hillside location, the warmer growing region and the low yield, the wines from Q Hill are very firm and highly structured with an abundance of acidity. The aroma is a classic Napa Valley Cabernet of dark fruit-blackberry and currant with leather and anise notes.<br/><br/> <strong>About The Vintage:</strong> Q Hill Vineyard always produces a wine that is very full, forward and has firm tannins and abundant acidity. Because the tannins need time to age and the acidity allows this, the wine benefits from a longer aging time than most Napa Valley Cabernets. This wine should reach maturity in 15-20 years. It was bottled on September 17, 2004.<br/><br/> Q Hill, with its 40 degree slope (think double diamond), was planted by Oscar’s father, Salvador, in 1974.<br/><br/> The hillside location of the WoodenValley vineyard, located in the southeastern part of NapaValley, produces extremely low yielding, usually less than 1 to 1.5 tons per acre, clusters and tiny berries.<br/><br/> Because of the hillside location, the warmer growing region and the low yield, the wines from Q Hill are very firm and highly structured with an abundance of acidity.<br/><br/> The aroma is a classic Napa Valley Cabernet of dark fruit, blackberry and currant with leather and anise notes.<br/><br/> <strong>About The Vineyard:</strong> The Q Hill Vineyard was planted by Salvador Renteria in 1974 in Wooden Valley, a small valley within Napa Valley. This region is located in the southeastern part of Napa Valley and has a more continental microclimate than most of southern Napa Valley - less fog, warmer days and nights during the growing season and cooler temperatures in the dormant season.<br/><br/> Q Hill is one of the few hills in this vineyard and was planted entirely to Cabernet Sauvignon, clone 7, on AxR rootstock. Because it was planted on a phylloxera susceptible rootstock, it was abandoned in the early 1990’s, awaiting its turn for replanting. Oscar Renteria, Salvador’s son, remembers his father talking about the wonderful grapes grown on Q Hill and he started to prune the vines again to make them productive in time for the 1997 harvest. The vines are extremely low yielding, usually less than 1 to 1.5 tons per acre, with very few clusters and tiny berries.<br/><br/> About The Winery: Salvador Renteria arrived at Sterling Vineyards in 1962 from Mexico working first as a field laborer, then a vineyard supervisor. After several years, Salvador left to oversee the formative vineyards of Beaulieu Vineyards, Clos Pegase, Cuvaison and Silverado. While working these vineyards, Salvador initiated novel vineyard experiments which earned the respect of famed vintners such as Andre Tchelistcheff, Rick Forman and John Thacher.<br/><br/> Urged by these winemakers to implement trials on trellising, canopy management and other innovative grape management techniques, Salvador was among the first in the Napa Valley to do so. Salvador had the rare ability to focus the divergent ideas of different winemakers and as a result guided their vineyards into lower yields and higher quality grapes. Because of his skill and Hispanic heritage, Salvador was also able to bridge the difficult cultural and communication gaps that often exist between wineries and vineyard workers.<br/><br/> In 1987, based upon the high demand and stellar reputation of his winegrowing, Salvador started his own vineyard management company, Renteria Vineyard Management. At the time, it was one of the first Mexican owned vineyard management companies in Napa Valley and is now among the top three. Tending many of the most prestigious Napa Valley vineyards, Salvador quickly garnered a reputation for his exceedingly high standards- a reputation his son Oscar would embrace and upon which he would build.<br/><br/> In 1993, Oscar Renteria, who had worked alongside his father for many years, assumed proprietorship of Renteria Vineyard Management. Oscar continued to care for the handful of distinguished vineyards his father cultivated and progressively increased his clientele. Working with select vineyards in Napa Valley and Sonoma's Russian River, Renteria grows world renowned grapes for clients that include William Selyem, Robert Mondavi Winery, Caymus, Rombauer and Duckhorn.<br/><br/> Continually increasing the quality of geographically diverse vineyards, Oscar implements new approaches in vineyard technology. While father and son continue their hands on approach to viticulture, Oscar believes the infusion of technology is insurance for the future. By combining practical, generational field knowledge with innovative trials and experimentation, the Renteria family has found a balance which allows them to grow the finest grapes possible.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Composition:</strong> 100% Cabernet Sauvignon<br/><br/> <strong>Vineyards:</strong> 100% Q Hill Vineyard, Wooden Valley, Napa Valley<br/><br/> <strong>Harvest Dates:</strong> October 2, 2002<br/><br/> <strong>Brix at Harvest:</strong> 25.9<br/><br/> <strong>Finished pH:</strong> 3.36<br/><br/> <strong>Finished TA:</strong> 0.74 g/100ml<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.5%<br/><br/> <strong>Winemaker:</strong> Karen Culler<br/><br/> <strong>Production:</strong> 244 Cases<br/><br/> <strong>Release Date:</strong> Fall 2006<br/><br/> <strong>Suggested Retail:</strong> $45.00 per Bottle<br/><br/>

About This Wine: The 2002 vintage was ideal in terms of growing conditions and the wines from it are rich and plush. This wonderful year added to the richness that is always present in Q Hill wines and added a lush middle palate as well. Because of the hillside location, the warmer growing region and the low yield, the wines from Q Hill are very firm and highly structured with an abundance of acidity. The aroma is a classic Napa Valley Cabernet of dark fruit-blackberry and currant with leather and anise notes.<br/><br/> <strong>About The Vintage:</strong> Q Hill Vineyard always produces a wine that is very full, forward and has firm tannins and abundant acidity. Because the tannins need time to age and the acidity allows this, the wine benefits from a longer aging time than most Napa Valley Cabernets. This wine should reach maturity in 15-20 years. It was bottled on September 17, 2004.<br/><br/> Q Hill, with its 40 degree slope (think double diamond), was planted by Oscar’s father, Salvador, in 1974.<br/><br/> The hillside location of the WoodenValley vineyard, located in the southeastern part of NapaValley, produces extremely low yielding, usually less than 1 to 1.5 tons per acre, clusters and tiny berries.<br/><br/> Because of the hillside location, the warmer growing region and the low yield, the wines from Q Hill are very firm and highly structured with an abundance of acidity.<br/><br/> The aroma is a classic Napa Valley Cabernet of dark fruit, blackberry and currant with leather and anise notes.<br/><br/> <strong>About The Vineyard:</strong> The Q Hill Vineyard was planted by Salvador Renteria in 1974 in Wooden Valley, a small valley within Napa Valley. This region is located in the southeastern part of Napa Valley and has a more continental microclimate than most of southern Napa Valley - less fog, warmer days and nights during the growing season and cooler temperatures in the dormant season.<br/><br/> Q Hill is one of the few hills in this vineyard and was planted entirely to Cabernet Sauvignon, clone 7, on AxR rootstock. Because it was planted on a phylloxera susceptible rootstock, it was abandoned in the early 1990’s, awaiting its turn for replanting. Oscar Renteria, Salvador’s son, remembers his father talking about the wonderful grapes grown on Q Hill and he started to prune the vines again to make them productive in time for the 1997 harvest. The vines are extremely low yielding, usually less than 1 to 1.5 tons per acre, with very few clusters and tiny berries.<br/><br/> About The Winery: Salvador Renteria arrived at Sterling Vineyards in 1962 from Mexico working first as a field laborer, then a vineyard supervisor. After several years, Salvador left to oversee the formative vineyards of Beaulieu Vineyards, Clos Pegase, Cuvaison and Silverado. While working these vineyards, Salvador initiated novel vineyard experiments which earned the respect of famed vintners such as Andre Tchelistcheff, Rick Forman and John Thacher.<br/><br/> Urged by these winemakers to implement trials on trellising, canopy management and other innovative grape management techniques, Salvador was among the first in the Napa Valley to do so. Salvador had the rare ability to focus the divergent ideas of different winemakers and as a result guided their vineyards into lower yields and higher quality grapes. Because of his skill and Hispanic heritage, Salvador was also able to bridge the difficult cultural and communication gaps that often exist between wineries and vineyard workers.<br/><br/> In 1987, based upon the high demand and stellar reputation of his winegrowing, Salvador started his own vineyard management company, Renteria Vineyard Management. At the time, it was one of the first Mexican owned vineyard management companies in Napa Valley and is now among the top three. Tending many of the most prestigious Napa Valley vineyards, Salvador quickly garnered a reputation for his exceedingly high standards- a reputation his son Oscar would embrace and upon which he would build.<br/><br/> In 1993, Oscar Renteria, who had worked alongside his father for many years, assumed proprietorship of Renteria Vineyard Management. Oscar continued to care for the handful of distinguished vineyards his father cultivated and progressively increased his clientele. Working with select vineyards in Napa Valley and Sonoma's Russian River, Renteria grows world renowned grapes for clients that include William Selyem, Robert Mondavi Winery, Caymus, Rombauer and Duckhorn.<br/><br/> Continually increasing the quality of geographically diverse vineyards, Oscar implements new approaches in vineyard technology. While father and son continue their hands on approach to viticulture, Oscar believes the infusion of technology is insurance for the future. By combining practical, generational field knowledge with innovative trials and experimentation, the Renteria family has found a balance which allows them to grow the finest grapes possible.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Composition:</strong> 100% Cabernet Sauvignon<br/><br/> <strong>Vineyards:</strong> 100% Q Hill Vineyard, Wooden Valley, Napa Valley<br/><br/> <strong>Harvest Dates:</strong> October 2, 2002<br/><br/> <strong>Brix at Harvest:</strong> 25.9<br/><br/> <strong>Finished pH:</strong> 3.36<br/><br/> <strong>Finished TA:</strong> 0.74 g/100ml<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.5%<br/><br/> <strong>Winemaker:</strong> Karen Culler<br/><br/> <strong>Production:</strong> 244 Cases<br/><br/> <strong>Release Date:</strong> Fall 2006<br/><br/> <strong>Suggested Retail:</strong> $45.00 per Bottle<br/><br/>

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