Clos Pegase Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2003
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.
Nice body in this cab. Even after a long day of tasting reds, this cab stands out with full flavor, nicely oaked (not too much or too little), and a nose that's just bloody brilliant! Easy on the tongue with a meal, or just socializing with frinds, or pondering your navel.
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Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine ReviewAs this deep and generous wine comfortably attests, ripeness is no liability when matched by plentiful fruit. It is wonderfully fleshy in feel with a fine sense of solidity and lots of extracted currants and sweet oak paving its way. Never once does it make even the least bow to softness, and both its tannin and alcohols are buffered by long-lasting, well-focused fruit. It can easily be cellared for five years or more, but its few youthful edges present no immediate problems, and it is genuinely tasty right now.Wine Tasting NotesRipe, rich blackberry and blackcurrant fruit notes dominate the nose, with hints of toffee, licorice, bacon and leather. This is a full-bodied, densely-textured wine with solid tannins and a long finish.
A Cabernet Sauvignon wine from California in USA. 2003 Clos Pegase Cabernet Sauvignon 750ml
"This deeply colored wine shows intense aromas of blackberry syrup
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