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Caldwell Vineyard Proprietary Red 2006

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(54% cabernet sauvignon, 38% syrah and 8% merlot) Good ruby-red, but not darker than the 2001. More floral aromas of currant, plum, menthol, licorice and dark chocolate. Higher-pitched and less open today than the 2001, showing less fat and sweetness... Stephen Tanzer. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2002 Caldwell Vineyard Proprietary Red 750ml

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Caldwell Vineyard:
John Caldwell's plan was to build houses on his Napa Valley property. With extraordinary views, a convenient location and lots of privacy, the project seemed like a no-brainer. He sublimited plans to the country and even built a fine road and fancy gate to impress perspective buyers. Unfortunately, a new crop of supervisors chanting a no growth mantra put an end to John's brief career as real e... Read more
John Caldwell's plan was to build houses on his Napa Valley property. With extraordinary views, a convenient location and lots of privacy, the project seemed like a no-brainer. He sublimited plans to the country and even built a fine road and fancy gate to impress perspective buyers. Unfortunately, a new crop of supervisors chanting a no growth mantra put an end to John's brief career as real estate mogul. Somoetimes things happen for the right reason. With his hopes to build an upscale subdivisions buried under bureaucratic red dirt, John turned his attention to grapes. Although there were few vineyards in his immediate area, he intuitively felt his picturesque site could produce superb fruit, comparable to the Valley's top appelations. While John had little prior experience with wine, the project wasn't entirely out of left field. The Caldwells, in fact, had been involved in the California winegrowing business for over 120 years. The family originally settled in Cloverdale, California in the 1880s before moving to the Napa Valley in the 1960s. A trip to France and a chance visit to Chateau Haut Brion inspired his interest in clonal research. He planted his first block (including a few vines smuggled in from Bordeaux) in 1982 and harvested Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc in 1985. Positive comments from some of the industry's most respected palates inspired John to expand his plantings. He also built a nursery to suppky the state's top wineries with the latest clones and rootstooks from France. In the early 1990s, the Caldwell property gained international exposure thanks to the highly praised Chardonnay and Merlot vineyards-designate bottlings from Pahlmeyer winery. Since that time, the acreage devoted to vines have expanded dramatically and the list of clients has grown to include Phelps, Mura, Maris, Neiman, and Viader. The Caldwell label was launched in 1998 with 400 cases of a proprietary red wine, crafted from the finest blocks on the vineyard. The varietal composition of the Caldwell Proprietary Red is aa blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Merlot. Read less

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Vintage: 2002 01/16/2009

(54% cabernet sauvignon, 38% syrah and 8% merlot) Good ruby-red, but not darker than the 2001. More floral aromas of currant, plum, menthol, licorice and dark chocolate. Higher-pitched and less open today than the 2001, showing less fat and sweetness... Stephen Tanzer. A Proprietary Blend wine from California in USA. 2002 Caldwell Vineyard Proprietary Red 750ml



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