Clos Pegase Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2002
Clos Pegase grows Cabernet Sauvignon at all three of its estate vineyards, though the newest parcel, a high density planting at the winery named Applebone, is not yet in production. The principal sources will continue to be our 40-acre Palisades Vineyard, nestled at the base of Mt. St. Helena, and the spare plot known as Graveyard Hill in Carneros. Both these vineyards, despite their dramatic climatic differences, share well-drained, rocky terrain that stress and concentrate the resulting berries. Little effort is required to extract the deep black color and lush tannin structure that are the birthright of these wines. Vinified with natural yeast, and left to macerate for several weeks on their dense skins, the resulting wines reflect the opulence and fine minerality that derives from their light yielding and exacting soils. After a long fermentation with the skin and seeds, the free-run juice is extracted and run off into small French barriques for two years or more of cellar age. The press wines are collected and sold in bulk, as the long maceration renders these wines too rustic to be blended into our Clos Pegase bottlings. Smaller aliquots of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Malbec and Merlot from our estate vineyards may be judiciously added to spice the palate or perfume the aromatic profile of our Cabernet blends. Ultimately, it is the alchemy of blending that is the signature of these wines. We are blessed in being able to blend richly tannic, naturally acidic Cabernet from Graveyard Hill with the preciously aromatic, but shorter, broader-textured wines of Palisades. Here, the sum is truly greater than the parts. Flush with black cherry, cassis, mocha, chocolate and dried flowers wedded to silky, mouth-coating tannins, our Cabernet is indeed an expression of the best that Napa Valley has to offer.
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Clos Pegase has turned into one of the most dependably exciting, multi-varietal wineries in Napa Valley. The very fine '01 Hommage now is followed by an equally good '02. It's ripe and juicy in black currant, cherry and chocolate, with rich, velvety tannins. A minor quibble is that the wine doesn't really need all that new oak; it almost overshadows the beautiful fruit.
Sleek and silky, elegant and complex. Flavors of cassis, currant and ripe cherries. Light spices and tannins balance this wine out beautifully. Drinking flawlessly now. A perfect match with pepper steak or pork chops.
Crisp and harmonious, gaining some flesh and silkiness as it unfolds its cherry, prune and spice flavors. Approachable now, best from 1997.
The top barrels from the Graveyard Hill and Palisades vineyards are chosen for Hommage. The 1998 (925 cases of 100% Cabernet Sauvignon) came primarily from Graveyard Hill Vineyard with about 0ne-third from the Palisades. A superb 1998, and certainly one of the vintage's most complete wines, it boasts an opaque ruby/purple color in addition to aromas of sweet cherry, cassis, smoke, fudge and toasty oak. Full-bodied, powerful, and formidably tannic, with excellent balance, it will drink well between 2003-2020.
"Hommage" reflects the continuous struggle by Clos Pegase to produce the finest red table wine by blending Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. Aged in a melange of French oak for 16 months, this wine shows a rich forward nose of cassis, plum and blackberry with just a hint of sweet toast from the barrel. On the palate the wine shows rich, elegant fruit with soft tannins and a long, complex finish.
A subtle and elegant blend, integrated and gentle. Scents of cassis carry through across the palate, then the tannins begin to over- whelm the fruit in the finish. That balance should resolve with several years in the cellar, as the earthiness that is now only hinted in the tannins comes forward with the fruit. You could also resolve the tannin balance by serving the wine with roast lamb marinated in rosemary.